TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2019
05:30 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, NEW YORK CITY
5:30 pm Welcome Reception
6:00 pm Screening of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities
Founded to educate a population newly freed from legal slavery, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been largely invisible in both American history and the history of higher education. Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities, begins with the profound challenge facing schools that were designed to educate African Americans, and that were, with very few exceptions, the only higher education option available to them. The documentary takes viewers on a fascinating journey starting with the early development of HBCUs and covers their contributions to American history and culture, up to and including the present day. Tell Them We Are Rising was produced with support in part from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
7:30 pm Panel Discussion
Speakers: Jafari Allen (associate professor at the University of Miami) and Johnnetta Cole (senior consulting fellow at the Mellon Foundation, director emerita of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and president emerita of Spelman College). Moderator: Elizabeth Alexander (president of the Mellon Foundation).