HBCU Storytellers Project

The HBCU Storytellers Project provides college students the unique opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking while being provided a culturally enriching educational experience that prepares them to use film as a vehicle for racial healing and reconciliation.


This powerful project is a unique partnership between the Nate Parker Foundation, Inc. and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Select students from Hampton University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Norfolk State University engaged in an 18-month process that empowered them to create powerful films over the course of their tenure.

See HBCU Storyteller Film Projects

400 Years Later…’free-ish was created to raise awareness about the 400 Year Commemoration of the first Africans that arrived in the US in 1619 and the continuing legacy of racial inequity that still exists today.

The Great Debaters: Reigniting a Legacy puts a spotlight on the history and impact of competitive debate at Wiley College that was rejuvenated by the 2008 film The Great Debaters.

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These films are currently being screened across the country to facilitate meaningful dialogue around the current racial climate while highlighting progressive organizations and individuals that engage in the ongoing work of truth telling and social justice. We believe that the HBCU Storytellers project will directly improve the targeted communities by providing a platform for memories, dialogues and community engagement to build stronger intergenerational and interracial relationships.  These shared connections will help shift the conversation and collective understanding of past and present, with the specific aim of changing the future.