In celebration of Black History Month, the Iota Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has partnered with WCNY to host a free screening of Independent Lens—Tell Them We’re Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.
Following the film, there will be a panelist discussion on the historical significance of this film. The panelists will include: Lisa Alford, the Commissioner at Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long-Term Care Services; Julius Allen, a Bioengineering graduate student at Syracuse University; and Lillie Fields, a retired educator from Clark Atlanta University.
This event is free to the public and will take place in the television studios at the Robert J. Daino Broadcast and Education Center, Feb. 25, 2020 from 5:30—8 p.m. Tickets must be reserved at wcny.org/events in order to attend!
Black History Month
In 1976, President Ford officially recognized February as “Black History Month,” in order to highlight the accomplishments of Black Americans and their impact on the history and culture of the United States.
The theme of this year’s Black History Month is, “African Americans and the Vote.” 2020 marks 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted suffrage to women in 1920, and the 150th anniversary of the 15th amendment, which established suffrage to black men in 1870.
About the Film
Tell Them We’re Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities traces the rise and influence of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This 150-year story dates back to the mid-19th century before the end of slavery, and continues through the Civil Rights Movement, up to the present. Discover how Black Universities fundamentally shaped Black life in America, created a Black middle class, and dismantled segregation.