WASHINGTON — The Executive Council of the Association for the Study of African American Life
and History (ASALH) is proud to announce a special partnership with legendary director, producer
and writer Stanley Nelson to showcase his phenomenal film, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story
of Black Colleges and Universities.
The film is the first and only feature documentary and multi-platform project to research, gather and
share a rich mosaic of stories that relay the history of historically colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Celebrating and examining the legacy of HBCUs, the film is the centerpiece of a multi-platform effort
called #HBCURising featuring partnerships with national organizations such as ASALH, high-profile
events including a Homecoming college tour and an all-generation, all-school HBCU Digital
“ASALH is deeply honored and thrilled to partner with our friend and outstanding film producer,
Stanley Nelson,” said ASALH National President Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. “Tell Them We Are
Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities is a powerful tribute to the historic and
ongoing contributions of these stellar institutions and is must-see viewing. As a result of this
partnership, ASALH branches will participate in and co-sponsor screenings across this country as we
join the effort to publicize this moving documentary and help to tell the story of how HBCUs have
historically and in the present day make significant contributions as an essential chapter of American
Stanley Nelson, a MacArthur ‘genius’ fellow, has won three Primetime Emmy Awards. He is a
recipient of the 2013 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Among his notable
films are Freedom Riders (2010); Wounded Knee (2009); Jonestown: The Life & Death of People’s
Temple (2006); Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (2005); A Place of Our Own (2004);
The Murder of Emmett Till (2003), and The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords (1998).
More information about Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
can be found at hbcurising.com.