Tell Them We Are Rising: HBCU documentary sheds light on roles of black colleges up until today

By: Erica M. Ponder

They have molded, taught and bridged the gap(s) for African-Americans since their founding years. For well over a century, they have educated the greatest doctors, lawyers, journalists, architects, nurses, political activists and beyond. When it comes to education and paving the way for blacks across the country, historically black colleges are second to none. Needless to say, many HBCU alumni and students are raving over the new documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.

Airing on Monday, Feb. 19, the film will discuss how these dynamic institutions have paved the way for civil rights discussions and movements, equal access to a better society, and valuable education that can’t be taught in your regular history book. If you are unaware of the impact historically black colleges have on today’s society, this is a film you don’t want to miss.

With there now being close to 100 of these higher learning institutions, one may ask “Are HBCUs needed today?” The answer is yes, and they are here to stay.

Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Lumina Foundation for funding this film, and award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson for directing this much-needed project.

Tune into PBS Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. to see why we love our HBCUs so much, and take a look at the trailer here!