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How have black colleges changed the course of American history?

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On this edition of Your Call, filmmaker Stanley Nelson joins us to discuss Tell Them We Were Rising, a documentary that examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBUCs) have had on American history, culture, and identity.

Nelson's parents were the product of HBUCs. There was no other place they could go to school, but they refused to be denied a higher education. How have these universities changed the course of history and advanced equality and justice in the US?


Stanley Nelson, filmmaker, founder of Firelight Media, and director of Tell Them We Are Rising, a documentary about HBUCs

Web Resources:


Independent Lens: Watch Tell Them We Are Rising

Slate: “Tell Them We Are Rising”: An education in resilience

Mother Jones: “I Want Four Years Where I’m Not Judged by the Color of My Skin”

NPR: 'Tell Them We Are Rising' Tackles Impact Of Historically Black Colleges

New York Times: Black Colleges in the Age of Trump



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.