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UVI to Get First Look of Acclaimed HBCU Documentary on Feb. 19; University to Lead Off Social Media Conversation

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is hosting a pre-screening event of "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.”  This thought-provoking 90-minute documentary was written, directed and produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson. "Tell Them We Are Rising" examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity.  

The University will view the documentary before those on the US mainland at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, in the Administration and Conference Center (ACC) Building on the St. Thomas Campus and in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.  "Tell Them We Are Rising" is the first-ever national broadcast documentary on the impact of HBCUs. 

After the documentary, there will be a panel discussion via videoconference from both of UVIs campuses, which will be streamed live on social media on UVI's and WTJX's Facebook pages. Using the #HBCURising, UVI’s audience will lead off the live Twitter Chat. Join the conversation on social media.  Follow UVI on Facebook at or on Twitter - The pre-screening event is a collaborative effort of UVI and WTJX.  The film will air nationally on the acclaimed PBS series, Independent Lens at 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19.  

"As one of the youngest Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation, I feel extremely grateful that UVI is able to share in the pre-screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising,” the first documentary that speaks directly to the struggles and successes of our universities and colleges,” said UVI President David Hall.  “HBCUs have made a tremendous impact on higher education, and I am honored and humbled that we are taking part in such an important moment in history. This recognition should be a celebratory occasion for our students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the University of the Virgin Islands.”

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link.