A preview screening of the PBS "Independent Lens" film "Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities" will take place at 6 p.m. Monday in the Southern University Cotillion Ballroom in Baton Rouge.

Southern is featured in the documentary "which explores the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture and identity," according to a news release.

Stanley Nelson’s film "reveals the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice," also according to the release. 

The screening is free and open to the public. A 45-minute panel discussion will precede the film. To RSVP, call (225) 767-4274 or email RSVP@LPB.org