Chicago premiere! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2017

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

2017, Stanley Nelson, USA, 84 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Aug 6th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Aug 7th 8:00pm

"A robust and stirring capsule history." — Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

A leading chronicler of African American history, documentarian Nelson follows up his hit BLACK PANTHERS by tackling an important subject that has never been adequately treated on film before. Ever since the end of slavery, access to higher education has been essential to African Americans' ability to compete in mainstream society — hence, the crucial role of historically black colleges and universities to provide the opportunity, relevance, and security often lacking elsewhere. Nelson provides a fascinating overview of the embattled and illustrious history of HBCUs, covering such topics as the post-Civil War "contraband schools;" the opposed educational visions of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois; the Golden Age of the 1930s-1940s; the activist 1960s; and the recent challenges faced by a still thriving institution. DCP digital. (MR) FF

Sunday, August 6 at 5:30 PM: Before the screening, Margaret Caples, Executive Director of the Community Film Workshop and co-founder of Diverse Voices in Docs, will receive the Gene Siskel Film Center Legacy Award. The Gene Siskel Film Center Legacy Award will be presented by Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films. After the screening, producer Cyndee Readdean is scheduled to appear for audience discussion moderated by radio legend and 2016 Legacy Award recipient Richard Steele. The audience is invited to a post-screening reception sponsored by Premier Melon Express Catering & Events.

Monday, August 7: Producer Cyndee Readdean is scheduled to appear for audience discussion moderated by Raymond Lambert, executive producer of MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE.

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