Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: Tell Them We are Rising

Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: Tell Them We are Rising

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. 

As part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up Series and in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists, WXXI is pleased to present a FREE screening of Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre. It will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Simeon Bannister. Panelists include: Nate Brown, Jr. and Kevin Hicks.

A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.

Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity. 

More about the post-film panelists:

Nate Brown, Jr. is co-host of the radio talk show “What’s Going On With Brown and Allen on Fox Sports 1280AM every Sunday morning from 8am-9am.  Mr. Brown is an educator, mentor, community activist, leader, consultant, counselor, project director and coordinator of numerous youth programs in the Rochester community.

Kevin Bryant Hicks is a freelance writer and vice president for print of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. A graduate of Penfield High School, Kevin was accepted at Syracuse University, Boston University, SUNY University at Buffalo and Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH). Ultimately he chose Howard University, founded in 1867 and located in Washington, D.C. Over its 150 year history as one of the nation's premier, research-intensive universities, Howard has been affectionately known as the "Capstone of Negro Education" as well as the "Black Mecca of Higher Education."

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships.  Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Presented by ITVS.  Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional support from MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Art Works and the National Endowment for the Arts