Welcome to the African American Cultural Center at NC State!

The African American Cultural Center promotes awareness of and appreciation for African American and other African descent experiences through activities and events that enhance academic excellence and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding communities.

Located on NC State’s campus in the only building named for an African American, the Cultural Center has been a presence on campus since its formation. We welcome you to attend our programs and events, as highlighted below, and to visit the Art Gallery and Library in Witherspoon Center!

Harambee 2015

If you missed this year’s Harambee, you missed quite a celebration! Harambee!! is the Swahili word meaning “let us come together.” This year, we welcomed new members of our community and enjoyed a special sneak peak of our fall exhibit, “The Creative World of Synthia SAINT JAMES.”    

Synthia SAINT JAMES

This semester’s Artist in Residence, Synthia SAINT JAMES is a visual artist, author, speaker and educator who is best known for creating the cover art for the hardcover edition of Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale and for designing the first Kwanzaa stamp for the U.S. Postal Service, issued in 1997. We are proud to exhibit “The Creative World of Synthia Saint James” through Friday, December 4, 2015.

 

 

Grenoldo Frazier

In October, we also hosted Grenoldo Frazier, nationally respected musician and actor who composed the gospel musical, “Mama, I Want to Sing” as he graced the stage at Stewart Theater. A gifted storyteller and performer, Frazier illustrated the progression of African American music through a series of songs and stories.

Harambee 2015

If you missed this year’s Harambee, you missed quite a celebration! Harambee!! is the Swahili word meaning “let us come together.” This year, we welcomed new members of our community and enjoyed a special sneak peak of our fall exhibit, “The Creative World of Synthia SAINT JAMES.”    

Synthia SAINT JAMES

This semester’s Artist in Residence, Synthia SAINT JAMES is a visual artist, author, speaker and educator who is best known for creating the cover art for the hardcover edition of Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale and for designing the first Kwanzaa stamp for the U.S. Postal Service, issued in 1997. We are proud to exhibit “The Creative World of Synthia Saint James” through Friday, December 4, 2015.

 

 

Grenoldo Frazier

In October, we also hosted Grenoldo Frazier, nationally respected musician and actor who composed the gospel musical, “Mama, I Want to Sing” as he graced the stage at Stewart Theater. A gifted storyteller and performer, Frazier illustrated the progression of African American music through a series of songs and stories.

Welcome Donna Battle

Donna Coletrane Battle is a native of Yanceyville, NC and she has most recently served as the Executive Pastor of the Way Christian Center in Berkeley California. Previously she served Shaw University as a Life Coach and as the Associate Dean of the Chapel. For the past 12 years, Donna has been engaging and facilitating groups in the areas of building healthy relationships, identity, cultivating ethics, values, diversity, conflict resolution and justice.  She has lead trainings and retreats for groups at Shaw University, NC State University, Meredith College, UC Berkeley, ResCare (Wake County) and various other organizations and churches across the northeast and in California.

Donna holds a BA in Public Relations from NC A&T State University, a M.Div. from Duke University and is currently completing a Ph.D. program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Eastern University.  She is married and has two tremendously terrific children.  Meditating, spending time with her family, reading, movies, and crafting the art of oration are among Donna’s greatest joys in life.