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WELCOME TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

The African American Cultural Center is one of four campus community centers (along with the GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Women’s Center) housed under the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED). 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.

 

Event Highlights Legacy, Work of African American Cultural Center

It takes some time to explore the African American Cultural Center. Colorful Afrocentric art adorns the gallery walls on the second floor. The library contains more than 7,000 titles by and about people of African descent. On the third floor, a large piece of art featuring historical icons — among them Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X and Sojourner Truth — greets visitors at the double doors. There are offices, meeting rooms, places to study and an open area with sofas and lounge chairs that invites visitors to hang out.

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FALL 2018

Sep
25
Wed
AACC Gallery: Race-Related Stress & Coping: Is Activism an Answer? @ WSC AACC Gallery
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

In this community conversation, Dr. Hope will lead a discussion to explore race-related stress and activism among Black college students. This conversation will include background research on race=related stress and activism among college students. Following background, we will explore the realities, benefits, and consequences of anti-racism activism for Black college students.

Open Event

AACC Library: PEACE Church @ WSC Library
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PEACE Bible Study is a weekly student led study filled with teaching, fellowship, and worship. Every Wednesday, PEACE welcomes all that are interested to join us at 6:45pm to get #GetFedTwice with food and a Word from God. PEACE Bible Study encourages students and the surrounding community to commune with fellow believers and grow in their faith walk. Feel free to contact us through email and for more information at peachchurchfam@gmail.com. You can also contact Miah Bryant, President, at mlbryan3@ncsu.edu.

Traveling While Black Panel Discussion @ African American Cultural Center
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Through this interactive panel discussion students and recent graduates of Black and African American descent will share their study abroad experiences and how their identities -specifically race and ethnicity -impacted their time abroad. We will also discuss scholarships, financial aid, and what students can do to prepare to make the world their classroom.

Oct
2
Wed
AACC Living Room: CSA General Body Meeting
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

General body meeting
Open meeting/event (Campus Community)

Oct
3
Thu
Book Reading-Hon. Kojo Yankah, Author “From Jamestown to Jamestown: Letters to an African Child” @ WSC 356
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

An evening with Hon. Kojo Yankah, author of “From Jamestown to Jamestown: Letters to an African Child”

Oct
4
Fri
First Friday – BGSA @ WSC 356
Oct 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is BGSA’s monthly general body meetings, which occur on the first Friday of every month.
Open meeting to (Campus Community)

THIS FALL

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

During Fall 2019, the African American Cultural Center will embark on an investigation of the cultural meanings of home and story-telling with our theme for the year, “Stories of Home: Telling and Retelling Narratives of Blackness Locally and Globally.” We are excited to begin the semester with our annual Harambee! ceremony and dinner on September 5. Swahili for “Let us come together,” Harambee! is our official Harambee Dancer 2018welcome to new and returning students and an opportunity to share wisdom and inspiration within our community.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep
25
Wed
AACC Gallery: Race-Related Stress & Coping: Is Activism an Answer? @ WSC AACC Gallery
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

In this community conversation, Dr. Hope will lead a discussion to explore race-related stress and activism among Black college students. This conversation will include background research on race=related stress and activism among college students. Following background, we will explore the realities, benefits, and consequences of anti-racism activism for Black college students.

Open Event

AACC Library: PEACE Church @ WSC Library
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PEACE Bible Study is a weekly student led study filled with teaching, fellowship, and worship. Every Wednesday, PEACE welcomes all that are interested to join us at 6:45pm to get #GetFedTwice with food and a Word from God. PEACE Bible Study encourages students and the surrounding community to commune with fellow believers and grow in their faith walk. Feel free to contact us through email and for more information at peachchurchfam@gmail.com. You can also contact Miah Bryant, President, at mlbryan3@ncsu.edu.

Traveling While Black Panel Discussion @ African American Cultural Center
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Through this interactive panel discussion students and recent graduates of Black and African American descent will share their study abroad experiences and how their identities -specifically race and ethnicity -impacted their time abroad. We will also discuss scholarships, financial aid, and what students can do to prepare to make the world their classroom.

Oct
2
Wed
AACC Living Room: CSA General Body Meeting
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

General body meeting
Open meeting/event (Campus Community)

Oct
3
Thu
Book Reading-Hon. Kojo Yankah, Author “From Jamestown to Jamestown: Letters to an African Child” @ WSC 356
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

An evening with Hon. Kojo Yankah, author of “From Jamestown to Jamestown: Letters to an African Child”

Oct
4
Fri
First Friday – BGSA @ WSC 356
Oct 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is BGSA’s monthly general body meetings, which occur on the first Friday of every month.
Open meeting to (Campus Community)

IN THE ART GALLERY

Mental States

Mental States examines the realities of mental health and Blackness in our society. See the artist’s statement below. 

“I have the natural urge to create art from the inside out; to make visible the hidden feelings, attitudes, and functionings of everyday life that are influenced by illnesses or traumatic events.  Without proper treatment, a person’s mental and physical health can fluctuate, causing substantial changes. These changes create a feeling of desolation that not only affects the individual in the composition, but also the world around them. This dystopia is the subject matter of my art.”

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NEWS AND EVENTS

Check out our upcoming events as well as the latest articles and stories from the Diversity Digest and NC State News.

GET INVOLVED

One of the main functions of the African American Cultural Center is to help students connect and form community. The staff of the AACC advises and supports student organizations, coordinates a network for faculty and staff, and keeps alumni engaged and aware of what’s happening on campus. For full details about the recurring Center events below, please check our calendar.

The INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity) Award measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus. NC State also received the HEED Award in 2017 and 2014.

The INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity) Award measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus. NC State also received the HEED Award in 2017 and 2014.