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Created Equal Film Series in honor of Grady W. Powell: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Thursday, February 28, 6:30pm8:15pm
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
Robins Family Forum
Part of the Created Equal Film Series category.
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This powerful film recounts the virtually untold story of the institutions that helped redefine what it means to be black in America. With its roots in the denial of education to enslaved populations, Tell Them We Are Rising charts the course of Historically Black Colleges and Universities following the Civil War, when efforts by missionaries and the African Methodist Church established the first black colleges, through periods of reconstruction, segregation, the struggle for civil rights, and into the modern era. With five HBCUs in the commonwealth (Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Union University, Virginia State University, and Virginia University of Lynchburg), this story of triumph in the face of tragedy is a powerful story for all Virginians. 

Free and open to all. RSVP recommended.


This series is named in honor of Reverend Powell, who served on the Virginia Historical Society board for many years and who was instrumental in the development of relevant and accessible programming. He presided over the historic Gillfield Baptist Church, founded in 1788, for thirty-six years.

Created Equal is hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center and supported in part by Diversity Richmond’s VHS Guy Kinman Research Award.

This event is presented by Bon Secours.

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