'Tell Them We Are Rising' Coming To Lincoln Feb. 22

News Release Date: 
January 25, 2018

For Immediate Release
‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ To Screen Feb. 22

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 25, 2018) – “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” will be screened at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Union Auditorium, 1400 R St. Originally scheduled for Feb. 1, the screening was moved to Feb. 22 as part of UNL’s Black History Month activities.

The free event is open to the public and presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, in partnership with UNL. An informal discussion and popcorn bar will follow the screening.

This film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played in American history, culture and identity. It reveals the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. The latest film from director Stanley Nelson (“Black Panthers” and “Freedom Riders”), “Tell Them We Are Rising” brings to life the powerful story of the rise, influence and evolution of historically black colleges and universities.

A haven for black intellectuals, artists and a path of promise toward the American dream – HBCUs have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field for more than 150 years. These institutions have nurtured some of the most influential Americans of our time, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. to Oprah Winfrey.

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

For those unable to attend the screening, “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” will air on NET at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 as part of the “Independent Lens” series on PBS. 

For a complete Indie Lens Pop-Up schedule, visit netNebraska.org/engage.

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Contact: MJ Winquest, 402-470-6247, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations
NET is Nebraska's statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.

Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS Independent Lens series, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Can't attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for online Pop-Up events.