BECAUSE BLACK HISTORY
IS AMERICAN HISTORY
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE
BLACK PANTHER PARTY
A SERIES OF
THREE NEW FILMS:
FROM AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER
In the 1960’s, ready or not, change was coming to America.
A new revolutionary culture was emerging and those seeking to drastically transform the system believed radical change was not only feasible, but imminent.
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.
Whether they were right or wrong, whether they were good or bad, fact is, more than 40 years after the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California, the group, and its leadership, remain powerful and enduring figures in our popular imagination.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution weaves the varied voices of those who lived this story — police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, those who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.
Before the March on Washington, before Selma and Freedom Summer, in the decades before the civil rights movement was possible in the American landscape, another sector quietly, but steadily worked to erode the inequities in American life.
Though much of its history was eclipsed by the explosiveness of the 1960s, the essential role the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) played in shaping black life, creating a black middle class and dismantling segregation cannot be overstated.
Building a vibrant mosaic of events, stories, and characters, Tell Them We Are Rising traces the persistent belief in education’s power to transform and advance the black community even in the country’s most dire eras of racial intolerance.
The trans-Atlantic trade in African slaves, was a world-defining historical enterprise, shaping the economies of old Europe, building the colonial societies of the New World into international powerhouses, enriching African elites and stunted a continent by the removal of millions of people.
The slave trade created economic practices that form the basis of much of our contemporary banking and insurance systems, cemented popular beliefs about black inferiority and white superiority and established a political hierarchy in the relationship among nations, regions, and peoples of the world that has lasted to this day.
Yet the slave trade – as distinct from the experience of slavery – remains largely unexamined in popular culture, and the impact of the trade on contemporary life remains unknown to the general public. The Slave Trade: Creating a New World tells this story.