PBS Distribution has released Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (DVD: $24.99, Blu-ray: $29.99). The rich history of America’s “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” (HBCUs) began before slavery ended, flourished during the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the nation’s course for over 150 years—yet this story remains largely unknown. Director Stanley Nelson here explores the powerful tale of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs. A haven for black intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries—and a path of promise toward the American dream—HBCUs have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois to Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison to Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker to Spike Lee to Common.