WSIU to Host Free Film Screening: Tell Them We Are Rising

Jan 29, 2018

Credit Courtesy of Morgan State University

For Immediate Release
Monday, January 29, 2018

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Educational Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,; Donna Hardwick, Independent Television Service (ITVS), (415) 356-8383;

WSIU, The African American Museum to Host Free Screening of  Film “Tell Them We Are Rising”

Event Scheduled for Thursday, February 1 at 6pm

Carbondale, Ill. – WSIU Public Broadcasting, a public media service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the African American Museum of Southern Illinois, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the PBS series Independent Lens will present a free Indie Lens Pop-Up screening and discussion of the film Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.                                    

The event will be held on Thursday, February 1 at 6at the African American Museum of Southern Illinois located in the University Mall (1237 E. Main St) in Carbondale. A moderated discussion will follow the film screening.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.

The 90-minute program will air in its entirety on WSIU Public Television on Monday, February 19 at 8pm.

One additional Indie Lens Pop-Up film screening will be held this spring. The final film presented will be Dolores on Sunday, March 25 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library.

Watch for updates from WSIU on the air, online, and in WSIU’s monthly program guide, Previews. Contact WSIU Outreach Coordinator, Beth Spezia, at (618) 453-5595, if you have questions.

Questions about Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings at the African American Museum of Southern Illinois should be directed to (618) 457-2217. Learn more about the community engagement series on WSIU’s local Indie Lens Pop-Up webpage at


About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

About the Filmmaker

Stanley Nelson has been acknowledged as one of the preeminent documentary filmmakers of our time. He has directed and produced over twelve documentary features, including: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till.

Marco Williams is a filmmaker and a film educator. He is an Arts Professor at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Department of Film and Television. His directing credits include: The Black Fives, The Undocumented, Inside the New Black Panthers; Banished; Freedom Summer; I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education; MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream and others. Learn more about the filmmakers here.

About 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 series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can't attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS on select Monday nights at 9pm CST. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For more visit Join the conversation at and on Twitter @IndependentLens.

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