Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities


Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30pm
Washington U./Brown

“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 is co-directed by an all-star duo of documentarians: former SLIFF Contemporary Cinema Award honoree Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, who receives the award at this year’s fest.

85 min.

Directed by

Stanley Nelson & Marco Williams

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Race in America: The Black Experience
With co-director Williams, SLIFF Contemporary Cinema Award honoree.

Sponsored by

Shown with

Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt

Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt

Marco Williams

An intimate portrait of a self-taught African-American visual artist and musical performer from Birmingham, Ala.

30 min.