#HBCU Students from c. 1900, "Graduates of Atlanta Baptist College and Spelman Seminary" from the institutions that were later known as Morehouse College and Spelman College
Schomburg #HBCU Students from c. 1900, "Graduates of Atlanta Baptist College and Spelman Seminary" from the institutions that were later known as Morehouse College and Spelman College

Via the tweet above, published last night, veteran documentary filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, revealed what his next project will be, as you can see.

Titled "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," the PBS documentary (and multimedia pro

ject) will dig into the significance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in American history, culture, and national identity, via the many stories from HBCU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The documentary will tell stories of Americans who would not be denied a higher education, demonstrating how the 150-year history of HBCUs have influenced generations of Americans and shaped the landscape of the country.

Nelson is producing the feature documentary via his Firelight Films production company, and directing alongside fellow documentarian Marco Williams.

“One of the goals of the ’Tell Them We Are Rising’ project is to create a space for collaborative storytelling," Williams says.

Adds Nelson, “To tell this important and complex story, it is essential that our documentary highlights personal accounts, letters, diaries, photographs, and even home movies of the people who have lived the HBCU experience.

“Tell Them We Are Rising” will be broadcast on the PBS' Independent Lens in 2017. 

Facebook and Twitter pages have been set up for the upcoming film, so follow its progress at either/both.


By the way, Nelson most recent work, premiered on PBS last night. If you missed it, watch the full documentary immediately below.