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  • BECAUSE BLACK HISTORY
    IS AMERICAN HISTORY

  • HISTORICALLY BLACK
    COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

  • THE
    ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

  • THE
    BLACK PANTHER PARTY

  • A SERIES OF
    THREE NEW FILMS:

  • FROM AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER
    STANLEY NELSON

THE BLACK PANTHERS
VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING:
HISTORICALLY BLACK
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

THE SLAVE TRADE:
CREATING A NEW WORLD

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.

ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE BLACK PANTHERS WERE IMPRISONED
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ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE BLACK PANTHERS WERE IMPRISONED
MORE THAN 50% OF THE NATION’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS EARNED DEGREES AT HBCUS
+50%
MORE THAN 50% OF THE NATION’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS EARNED DEGREES AT HBCUS
9 TO 11 MILLION PEOPLE WERE TAKEN FROM AFRICA AS PART OF THE TRANS-ATLANTIC 2SLAVE TRADE
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9 TO 11 MILLION PEOPLE WERE TAKEN FROM AFRICA AS PART OF THE TRANS-ATLANTIC 2SLAVE TRADE
AMERICA REVISITED is a series of three films that will expand and deepen our understanding of African-American history, experience and life.  More than just a film project, AMERICA REVISITED is a unique, multi-platform interactive journey through American history-- from the global trade in African lives that built empires; to the excitement, rage and determination embodied in the Black Power activism of the 60’s; through the jubilation of a high school senior opening up an acceptance letter to Howard University in 2014.

For each film, there will be exclusive interviews and clips from the films, interactive games and timelines, as well as background information and essays to bring the history to life. AMERICA REVISITED will seek user-generated content from audiences that can be viewed on our website and shared through social media platforms. And in the case of TELL THEM WE ARE RISING, audiences will be invited to contribute their personal stories, photos, home videos and memorabilia to the site for possible inclusion into the documentary film.

AMERICA REVISITED is a story seldom told; a history in need of revisiting.