Parker starred in the 2007 Denzel Washington-directed film, which was set at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

And on Monday (21Mar16), the actor announced he has teamed up with school officials to launch the Nate Parker School of Film and Drama, in hopes of cultivating new voices and providing a chance for young artists in East Texas to break into the movie industry.

"The hope is that we cover all aspects of filmmaking, from sound, lighting and cinematography, to just studying film specifically with the cultural component and the history of film," Parker told local news station KLTV. "You control the moving picture, you control the masses... so really getting them rallied around the idea of reclaiming the narrative of America, specifically through the eyes of people of colour.

"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 has been greatly involved with the school over the past few years. He was recently elected to Wiley's Board of Trustees, and featured an a capella group from Wiley on the soundtrack for his acclaimed new film the Birth of a Nation. The movie made sales history at the Sundance Film Festival in January (16) and won the top Grand Jury prize.

Current college seniors have already been recruited as staff members for the school, which is slated to open this autumn (16).