Stanley Nelson film series continues March 15 with Black Panther documentary

The History Center at the University of South Carolina continues its Stanley Nelson film series through March as part of an ongoing series focusing on “America’s Reconstruction Era and Its Legacies.”

The next film screening will be “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” March 15 featuring Kathleen Cleaver, a law professor at Emory University and former member of the Black Panthers. The screening will take place at 6 p.m. in Gambrell Hall, Room 153. 

The film series aims to highlight director Stanley Nelson and his documentation of African-American struggles for freedom and civil rights. Nelson will visit campus later in March, with the public having three opportunities to hear him.

Those events include: 

March 29: Nelson will preview his latest documentary, “Tell Them We Are Rising,” on historically black colleges and universities that was released in January. The film includes WIS-TV news footage of Allen and Benedict universities, which is part of Carolina's Moving Images and Research Collection. The screening will take place at 7 p.m. at the Nickelodeon theater in downtown Columbia. General admission tickets, which cost $10, can be purchased at the theater or on its website.

March 30: Laura Kissel, a professor of film and media arts, will discuss Nelson’s films with him at noon in Lumpkin Auditorium, located on the eighth floor of the Close-Hipp building. Kissel’s talk is free.

March 31: Nelson will discuss and screen excerpts of three civil rights documentaries, including the triple-Emmy winner “Freedom Riders,” “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords” and “Tell Them We Are Rising.” The event, which is free and includes a question-and-answer session with the audience, will take place in Booker T. Washington Auditorium, part of the historic Columbia high school where generations of South Carolina civil rights activists were inspired.

The Stanley Nelson film series is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Visual Art and Design, History Center and film and media studies department, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the S.C. Humanities Council. For more information, contact Patricia Sullivan at

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