July 2017—
4:30 pm—7:00 pm

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 4:30-7 p.m. ET
Where: The offices of Philanthropy New York | 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC

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We invite you to join Media Impact Funders, Philanthropy New York, Grantmakers for Education, and the Association of Black Foundation Executives for a special screening and discussion of the powerful new film Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities.
The documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, explores the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in the ascent of black students and their families—from slavery to present day. The film examines the impact HBCUs have had on American history, culture and national identity. This is a special opportunity for funders to preview the film before its national broadcast on PBS Independent Lens in early 2018.
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We’ll screen the film and present a discussion with filmmaker Stanley Nelson afterward. A reception with light fare will follow.

  • The challenges and opportunities for today’s HBCUs, whose relevance is being questioned in a post-segregated nation
  • The role of documentary film in surfacing untold experiences
  • Philanthropy’s role in supporting higher education


  • Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker
  • Emma Taati, Program Associate, Diversity Program, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (moderator)

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