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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

Oct
16
Wed
Mate Masie Grant Acquisition Workshop @ Tompkins 112
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

This interactive panel conversation will focus on helping participants understand the various kinds of awards and determine their suitability for different kinds of projects and career stages. Panelists include Dr. Jason Coupet, Dr. Cameron Denson, Dr. Ericka Ford, and Dr. Cranos Williams.

CSA General Body Meeting @ WSC AACC Living Room
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

General body meeting
Open meeting/event (Campus Community)

Hip Hop Project at NC State @ WSC 356
Oct 16 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

First Hip Hop Project general body meeting. Interested students will have an opportunity to learn about the club and expectations.

Open to Campus Community

Oct
18
Fri
Conversation with Dr. Jason Miller (Scholar-in-Residence) @ WSC 356
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Professor of English, Dr. Jason Miller, is serving as the AACC’s scholar-in-residence during the 2019-2020 academic year. He will visit the AACC to engage in conversation with students about his project “When MLK and the KKK Met in Raleigh.”

Oct
19
Sat
AACC- AfroPack @ Harris Field
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
Oct
21
Mon
African Diaspora Film Series “They Are We” @ WSC Cinema
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This film is of a remarkable reunion, 170 or so years after a family was driven apart by the ravages of the transatlantic slave trade. “THEY ARE WE”  tells the story of the Ganga-Longoba and of the village their ancestor called home. 

Free and open to campus community & general public.

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

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.