Black Cultural Center

 

WELCOME TO THE BCC

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center welcomes our new and returning students for the 2017-18 academic year.  We hope this year will be both successful and exciting for our entire Vanderbilt community.  Please come by the Center early and often as your time permits for interesting cultural programming, great food, and fellowship.  Also, visit this site often for programming announcements and updates throughout the year.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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MONDAY
FEBRUARY 19th

Black Panther:  Blackness Through a Comic Book Lens
Panel Discussion
Monday, February 19th • 12:00 PM
BCC Auditorium

Sponsored by African American and Diaspora Studies.

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TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 20th

Perry Wallace Birthday Celebration
and Strong Inside Reflections

Tuesday, February 20th • 12:00 PM
335 Sarratt
Co-sponsored with IICC

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An Evening with Margot Shetterly
Hidden Figures:  The Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
Tuesday, February 20th • 4:00 PM
Lecture and Q and A.
Sarratt Cinema

Book signing and reception immediately following.  For more information, email the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at edi@vanderbilt.edu.

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WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 21st

Redefining Tokenism
An Innovative Look at Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Wednesday, February 21st • 12:00 PM
Wond’ry (Lunch Provided)

Co-sponsored with Ingram Commons and the Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.

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Africa at a Crossroads
Unexpected Consequences:  Women and Power in Post-Conflict Africa

Wednesday, February 21st • 3:10 PM
BCC Auditorium
Featuring Aili Tripp, University of Wisconsin.

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THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 22nd

Wilhemina’s War
Film/Discussion/Test
Thursday, February 22nd • 6:00 PM
BCC Auditorium

Join us as we screen the film Wilhemina’s War and discuss HIV.  Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, VUMC HIV Vaccine Program.  Also, on this date, Project C.O.P.E. will do free HIV testing starting at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in Sarratt 216/220.

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FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 23rd

Be-You-Nique Photo Shoot
Friday, February 23rd • 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Stop by the BCC between 12-5 PM for a free Black Girl Magic t-shirt.  Then take a photo in your shirt along with ONE item that captures a unique aspect of your identity as a Black female.
Co-Sponsors:  Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Vanderbilt Athletics, Callie House Research Center for the Study of Global Cultures and Politics, Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.

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AVBA Retreat

 

SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 24th

Confidence • 101 Workshop
Saturday, February 24th • 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
BCC

Join us for our half-day conference and empowerment retreat for Black women.  The sessions are completely free for Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  The facilitator of this workshop will be Chantelle Anderson, former professional athlete and award-winning medical sales representative turned confidence coach.  Chantelle specializes in helping others build the confidence they need to get what they want.  Chantelle’s joy is infectious and she leaves others inspired and equipped to succeed.  Co-sponsored with Vanderbilt Athletics.
Breakfast and lunch provided.  RSVP to nicole.m.malveaux@vanderbilt.edu.

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SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 25th

Black Girl Magic Game Recognition
Sunday, February 25th • 2:00 PM
Memorial Gymnasium

Participants in the Be-You-Nique photo shoot on 2/23 will receive a free ticket to the Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball game.  Black Girl Magic participants will be recognized on the court during the game.  Co-sponsored with Vanderbilt Athletics.

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AVBA Retreat

 

MONDAY
FEBRUARY 26th

DOS NPHC Unity Step
Monday, February 26th • 12:00 PM
MLC Lounge

 

BSA Annual Black Affair
6:00-8:00 PM
SLC • Sponsored by the Black Student Association

A celebration highlighting the achievements of Black students at Vanderbilt along with faculty and staff who helped to enhance their experience.

 

TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 27th

F.O.R.U.S.
Focused Opportunities Reaching Underrepresented Students
Tuesday, February 27th • 3:00 Pm – 6:00 PM
Student Life Center

Career fair designed to bring together underrepresented students, major companies, and career opportunities.  Hosted by VU Chapter of NBMBAA.

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WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 28th

IICC End of Month Kickback
Wednesday, February 28th • 11:30 AM
335 Sarratt

 

Black Girl Magic Exhibit Opening
Wednesday, February 28th • 12:00 PM
BCC

The opening of the Black Girl Magic photo exhibition in the BCC.  The exhibit will be on display through the month of March which is Women’s History Month.  Co-sponsored with Vanderbilt Athletics.

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BCC BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS THUS FAR

THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 1st

BCC Black History Month Kickoff
Thursday, February 1st at 12:00 PM

Join us for great food, fun, music, and fellowship as we kick off a month of great Black History Month activities at the BCC!  Music by Nature’s Drummers and food by Savor the Flavor.

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In My Lifetime:  An African American Perspective
Omari Booker
Opening Reception:  Thursday, February 1st
3:00 – 7:00 PM

An exhibition by Nashville studio artist Omari Booker, whose works include themes of social justice and Nashville’s changing neighborhoods, will be on display at Vanderbilt Divinity School throughout the month of February.
“In My Lifetime: An African American Perspective” is located in the Divinity School’s Art Room, G-20. An opening reception with the artist will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1.
The exhibition will be open weekdays—with the exception of Tuesdays—from noon to 2 p.m. through Feb. 28.

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Peabody College Dean’s Diversity Lecture
The Criminalization of Black Girls

Thursday, February 1st • 4:00 PM
Wyatt Rotunda

Monique W. Morris, an award-winning author, and social justice scholar is the featured speaker for the next installment of the Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development.
Morris is the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016). Her lecture, “Schools for the Soul: Bringing Healing to Our Children’s Learning,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. in the Wyatt Center Rotunda (1930 South Drive, Nashville, TN 37212). The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. RSVP recommended as seating is limited.

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FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 2nd

First-Gen Fridays
“I am a Trailblazer” Social
Friday, February 2nd at 12:00 PM in 327 Saratt

Calling all First-Gen Students and Graduates! Join the Office of Transition Programs as we launch First Fridays, an opportunity for first-gen students to build community and celebrate each other. Our first event will be on Friday, February 2nd from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in 327 Sarratt. Bring your lunch and come meet some fellow first-gen students and graduates! We hope to see you there!

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Africa at a Crossroads
Edutainment: A Roundtable Discussion
Friday, February 2nd from 3:10 – 5:00 PM at the BCC

Music, entertainment and political violence in Africa: A roundtable on the role of arts and entertainment in conflict transformation.

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SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 3rd

BCCA & Hillel Joint Service Project
Community Cares Fellowship
Saturday, February 3rd at 8:45 AM

 

VIBE Annual Showcase
Saturday, February 3rd • 6:30 PM
Langford Auditorium

 

SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 4th

Kappa Alpha Psi “Game Time” Viewing
Sunday, February 4th • 5:00 PM
114 Furman

 

MONDAY
FEBRUARY 5th

10th Annual Murray Lecture
The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and
the Legacy of American Bigotry
by Linda Gordon
Monday, February 5th at 12:00 PM
Commons MPR

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Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
2018 Black Atlantic Lecture

White Southern Identity and the Haitian Revolution
Monday, February 5th • 4:10 PM
Black Cultural Center
Co-sponsors:  Penn Warren Center, Black Cultural Center, Department of English, and Center for Latin American Studies.

 

TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 6th

African Dance Class
Tuesday, February 6th • 6:00 PM
BCC

Afro-Modern dance class led by Windship Boyd.

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WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 7th

School To Prison Pipeline Discussion
Wednesday, February 7th • 12:00 PM
BCC

The “School to Prison” pipeline refers to increasing school policies that drive many young people, particularly our students of color into a pathway that begins in school but sadly ends in the criminal justice system.  Discussion lead by Dr. Rosevelt Noble, BCC Director.  Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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African American History Month
at the Central Library
Scott Ellsworth
Wednesday, February 7th • 4:10 PM
Community Room, Central Library

A lecture related to little-known African American sports history will lead off a series of events celebrating African American History Month at the Central Library. On Feb. 7, historian Scott Ellsworth will discuss his research uncovering a secret basketball game played between segregated teams during World War II. Ellsworth’s talk will begin at 4:10 p.m. in the Community Room.

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“Let your Anchor Down”
Mental Health in the Black Community

Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
335 Sarratt

Co-sponsored by Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC) and Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence (IICC).

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THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 8th

Nate Marshall, ’12
Resiliency Through Poetry
Poetry Workshop and Reading
Thursday, February 8th
3:00 PM Workshop • BCC Seminar Room
7:00 PM Reading • BCC Auditorium

Nate Marshall, ’12 will conduct a poetry workshop and later read from his new book Wild Hundreds. Co-sponsored with the Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.

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This Side of the Water:
Haiti and Life in the United States
Edwidge Danticat
Thursday, February 8th
5:30 PM • Reception – 6:00 PM • Lecture
John Seigenthaler Center at the First Amendment Center

Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies will host a public lecture featuring Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat on Feb. 8 at the John Seigenthaler Center at the First Amendment Center.
The event, titled “This Side of the Water: Haiti and Life in the United States,” will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed Danticat’s presentation at 6 p.m. and a question-and-answer session moderated by Assistant Professor of History Celso Castilho. Admission to the lecture is free, and seating is first come, first served.

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FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 9th

Black History Matters Trivia Challenge
Friday, February 9th at 12:00 PM
BCC Auditorium

In celebration of African, Caribbean, and African American history, join us as students and organizations compete in this challenge of black history facts and trivia!  Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association, Black Student Association, and the African Student Union.

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Owens Black Student Association Meet and Greet
Friday, February 9th • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
BCC Auditorium

 

SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 10th

LGBTQI & BCC Service Project
Saturday, February 10th at 9:00 AM

Joint community service project between BCC and LGBTQI Life at Bell Garden Nashville.

 

Harambee:  Back to Blackish
Saturday, February 10th • 7:00 PM
Langford Auditorium
Sponsored by the African Student Union

 

SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 11th

Black Girl Fest
Sunday, February 11th • 1:00-4:00 PM
SLC
Parental Supervision Required

In celebration of Black women, Vanderbilt University’s African Student Union, in collaboration with various organizations, will be holding Black Girl Fest. This event is meant to showcase the attributes that characterize black girl excellence, while simultaneously promoting mentorship with neighboring high schools, career development, and community strengthening with other college students and professionals in the Nashville area. Black Girl Fest will include a main exhibition containing a range of presentations by local professionals and organizations, multiple side panels on the topic of career planning and self-branding, and recreational events for all attendees to enjoy. Parental supervision is required. The consent form for minors under the age of 18 can be found here: http://bit.ly/2Dwe8O6.

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Multicultural Student Organizations Fair
Sunday, February 11th • 2:00 PM
Commons MPR

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MONDAY
FEBRUARY 12th

BCC Townhall:
Male/Female Relationships @ BlackVU
Monday, February 12th at 6:00 PM
BCC Auditorium

A discussion on the state of Black female/male relationships in Black VU.

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TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 13th

Documentary:  Whose Streets
Viewing and Discussion

Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 PM in the BCC

Join us for a discussion on the documentary “Whose Streets.” Co-sponsored with the Ingram Commons and Medicine Health and Society (MHS).
Food will be served.

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WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 14th

Black Cinema – Love & Basketball
Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30 PM
BCC Auditorium

Co-sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Black Student Association, and the Black Cultural Center Ambassa’Dores.

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THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 15th

Black History in Nashville 
Brown Bag Lunch
Thursday, February 15th • 12:00 PM
Co-sponsored by MLC

 

Queer People of Color Social
Thursday, February 15th • 6:00 PM
Black Cultural Center

Co-sponsored by LGBTQI Life and the Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.

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FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 16th

Black History at Vanderbilt
Friday, February 16th • 12:00 PM
BCC Auditorium

Co-sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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MLC Semi-Formal
Friday, February 16th • 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
University Club

Cultural celebration with great music, dancing, and fellowship.

 

SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 17th

#ME TIME Yoga
Saturday, February 17th • 2:00 PM
BCC Auditorium

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SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 18th

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. presents
Black Panther Movie Private Screening

Sunday, February 18th • 6:00 PM

Sign in at Branscomb Lounge begins at 5:00 P.M.  Buses leave from Branscomb at 6:00 PM.

Co-sponsors:  The Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students, Vanderbilt Student Government, Black Cultural Center, African American and Diaspora Studies.

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BLACK HISTORY AT
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt University is rich with the history of African Americans since Joseph Johnson became the first to attend the university.  In addition to the many current events highlighted on this page, please visit the Black History Alumni Spotlight page to learn more about African American students who changed the campus landscape and enhanced Vanderbilt University as one of the top institutions in the world. You may also wish to visit our Celebrating Change website for even more highlights celebrating the legacy of African Americans at Vanderbilt University.

Click below to view Family Welcome &
Harambee March Video • August 19, 2017

2017 First-Year Harambee March