Independent Lens' Documentary Looks at Historically Black Colleges, Universities

Education Week

Historically Black Colleges and Universities—know as HBCUs—were in the news last year during disputes over the Trump administration's initiative to help the institutions.

That controversy, which arguably revolved around the sincerity of the administration's commitment, was perhaps too recent or too wonky to appear in a new documentary about the 150-year history of HBCUs that airs on the public television show "Independent Lens" on Monday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific time (check local listings).

"Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities" is an engaging, fast-moving, 80-minute history of HBCUs by filmmakers Stanley Nelson ("Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" and "Freedom Summer") and Marco Williams ("Banished" and "Freedom Summer").

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Amber J. Adams