37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

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

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Preceded by the short film Black Girlhood: Access & Assets (10 min.)

Co-directors Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams capture an essential chapter of the American narrative in their documentary on the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that form the core of the African American community. Educating and cultivating leaders in every field, HBCUs were instrumental to the formation of protest movements across the United States. Highlighting personal accounts alongside archival footage, the film celebrates the legacy of HBCU’s nurturing of African American voices and advancing justice in America. Discussion with co-director Marco Williams and Beverly Adams (UVA), moderated by Michael Mason (UVA)

Presented by James Madison’s Montpelier

Supported by the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights and the Office for Diversity and Equity


Friday, November 10


6:30 PM


UVA : Newcomb Hall Theater

Film Info

Director: Stanley Nelson, Marco Williams

Runtime: 85 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2017

Country: USA