Nat Turner Director Starts Film School at HBCU

Nat Turner Director Starts Film School at HBCU


Nate Parker, whose film on Nat Turner entitled The Birth of a Nation is creating a school of film and drama at Wiley College.

“Thrilled to announce the Birth of the@NateParker School of Film and Drama at @WileyCollege launching Fall 2016. Cultivating #NewVoices,” Parker tweeted on March 19, shortly after Wiley College made the news public.

Parker will also serve on Wiley College’s board of trustees.  The Nate Parker School of Film and Drama will begin classes in the fall of 2016.

Thirty high school and college students will participate in summer program as part of the new school at Wiley.  Parker took the film world by storm after his movie Birth of a Nation debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

“If I can create a pipeline toward filmmaking physically through developing the college, having filmmakers be nurtured and cultivated here, and then having somewhere for them to go with respect for them actually being able to engage in filmmaking here in East Texas, then it kind of serves multiple purposes,” Parker told The Hollywood Reporter regarding the school.

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Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke


  1. I must say that idea of creating a school of film and drama isn’t new in the educational process. Yet, it shows that there are still creative people who want their voice be heard and their names be known. There are tons of situations that need to be filmed and discussed and there are lots of ideas that need to be researched by young and talented learners. If you search for an inspiration here it is and you can recommend to anyone else. Thanks for this refreshing and insightful article.