Free Screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising” Takes Place Friday, November 3

There will be a free screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Hall on the Danforth Campus of  Washington University. The screening is being co-presented by Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series and sponsored by the African & African-American Studies Program at Washington University.

“Tell Them We Are Rising” explores the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. Today, more than half of all African-American professionals are graduates of HBCUs. The documentary tells the story of HBCUs’ vital importance to America’s black population, demonstrating the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of intolerance and injustice.

The film was co-directed by an all-star duo of documentarians: former St. Louis International Film Festival Contemporary Cinema Award honoree Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, who will receive the award at this year’s festival. Williams will attend the screening of the film on Friday.

For more information, contact Brian Woodman, curator of the Film & Media Archive, at (314) 935-3301 or



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