American pubcaster PBS is recognizing the work of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson by awarding him with the Beacon Award.
Formerly known as the Be More Award, the honor is bestowed upon individuals whose work, leadership and service have inspired and enriched the nation.
Nelson has produced more than 15 PBS films, including Freedom Riders, Freedom Summer, Listening to America and What Can We Do About Violence?, and presented on Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. His most recent film, co-produced with Marco Williams, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, looks at the African-American schools that have shaped Americans leaders and icons.
Many of his films highlight the civil rights struggle and the African-American experience, and a focus on diversity extends to his mentorship and education. Nelson is a co-founder of the non-profit Firelight Media, and has taught documentary film production at Howard University, Brooklyn College and the University of California, Berkeley.
He received the award from PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger, who remarked that Nelson’s films have uncovered historical events and shared previously unheard personal stories. “His body of work is crucial to understanding the diverse nation we are today. PBS is grateful that Stanley has been a treasured member of the PBS family for more than three decades,” she said.