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Historically Black Colleges and Universities have a rich history and the impact of the 105 schools across the United States will be discussed and spotlighted in an upcoming PBS documentary. On February 19th, 2018, PBS will be airing Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges And Universities. 

The 90-minute documentary, which was directed by Stanley Nelson of PBS’ The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution film, will tell the story of how HBCUs  helped to provide black communities with opportunities, was a platform for protests and movements and helped to mold black leaders.

“I set out to tell a story of Americans who refused to be denied a higher education and—in their resistance—created a set of institutions that would influence and shape the landscape of the country for centuries to come,” Nelson said in a statement. “If education is a cornerstone of society, then HBCUs are the groundwork for advancing justice in America. Thoroughly examining the history of HBCUs not only allowed me to highlight their importance within black communities, but demonstrate how they were instrumental to the formation of protest movements across the United States.”

If you would like to own the documentary, it is available for pre-order and will arrive in March 2018.

Check out the teaser below.

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