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NCCU, Shaw University to Screen Film About HBCUs in “Tell Them We Are Rising”


Two Triangle HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) will screen a film that examines the impact HBCUs have had on American history, culture, and national identity. The filmmaker will participate in an informal conversation with the audiences at both institutions following the film screening.

Emmy Award-winning and National Humanities Medalist documentarian Stanley Nelson will visit Shaw University on Monday, January 8 and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on Thursday January 11 for a special screening of his new documentary, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. The much-anticipated film examines the legacy and the impact that historically black higher education institutions have had on American history, culture and national identity for more than 150 years.

A panel discussion will follow each screening. Deborah Holt Noel, host of UNC-TV’s ‘Black Issues Forum’, will moderate the panels. St. Augustine’s University President Dr. Everett B. Ward will participate in the panel at Shaw University.

North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) radio station WNCU-FM and Shaw University’s radio station WSHA-FM are the official hosts on their respective campuses.

The events are free and open to the public, however registration is required.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities is the second in a three-part series called America Revisited that includes The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which broke Nielsen ratings and social media engagement records for PBS, and the forthcoming, The Slave Trade: Creating A New World.

For more information and to view a trailer, visit

WHERE: Shaw University

Estey Hall Auditorium

118 E. South Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

WHEN:  Monday, January 8, 2018, 5 pm – 9 pm

Schedule of Events:

Pre Film Screening Reception 5 pm – 6 pm

Film Screening: 6 pm – 8 pm

Panel Discussion: 8 pm – 9 pm




H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building Auditorium

700 Cecil St.

Durham, NC 27707

WHEN:  Thursday, January 11, 2018,  6 pm

Doors open at 5:30 pm


For more information, contact Lackisha S. Freeman, general manager of WNCU-FM, at or (919) 530-7267.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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