Tell Them We are Rising
CCC Students to Attend HBCU Documentary Screening

Select Coahoma Community College students will soon have the opportunity to learn more about the struggles, triumphs, and uniqueness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

CCC Students to Attend HBCU Documentary Screening

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Fri Jan 19, 2018

CLARKSDALE –  Select Coahoma Community College students will soon have the opportunity to learn more about the struggles, triumphs, and uniqueness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

On Thursday, Jan. 25, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Jackson State University and Tougaloo College will host a preview screening of the feature documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” at the Mississippi e-Center in Jackson.

The screening will feature multiple Emmy Award-winning and National Humanities Medalist documentarian Stanley Nelson, Beverly Wade Hogan (Tougaloo College) and Dr. William Bynum (Jackson State University).

Karen Woods-Done, director of Enrollment and Student Services, is elated that Coahoma’s students will have this enriching and impactful opportunity.

“I am incredibly excited that our students have been asked to participate in a statewide screening of the project "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities," said Woods-Done. “Although we instill in our students the legacy and pride that the founders and leaders of our campus have worked so hard to create, develop and share, it is important to me that they learn of the legacy of HBCUs on both a statewide and national level.”

The documentary is the centerpiece of a yearlong multi-platform effort called HBCU Rising; featuring partnerships with national organizations, exclusive events, StoryCorps audio stories, video shorts, HBCU campus tours and a crowdsourced HBCU Digital Yearbook. HBCU Rising will examine and celebrate the legacy of HBCUs.

Stanley Nelson, the film’s director, hopes that this piece reaffirms the indisputable relevance of HBCUs. 

“My parents were the product of HBCUs. For generations, there was no other place our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents could go to school. Yet, higher education has always been a prerequisite for entering and competing in mainstream American society,” said Nelson.  “So, in many ways, historically black colleges and universities form the core of the African-American community. The sacrifices made to create these institutions are significant and are what compelled me to capture this essential chapter of American history.”

The screening includes a reception and Q&A session with the filmmaker. The event is free, but registration is required.

Additionally, the 90-minute film will air nationally on the acclaimed PBS series, Independent Lens on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.

Fore more information, visit: www.hbcurising.com