The first of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities opened its doors before the end of slavery. Stanley Nelson joins us to talk about the important ways that HBCUs have contributed to American life. His new Independent Lens documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” airs Feb. 19 on KERA-TV.
African American academic students at Roger Williams University in Nashville, Tennessee, ca. 1899. Shutterstock