FALL 2019 EVENTS
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 welcome to new and returning students and an opportunity to share wisdom and inspiration within our community. On October 19, we will celebrate Black joy in all its forms during AFRO PACK, a part music festival, part playground, and part free expression experience on Harris Field. You don’t want to miss this event!
Every Monday in October, we will screen some of the most compelling documentaries exploring Black culture in our African Diaspora Film Festival. Stay after each screening for a conversation with thinkers and activists about we can use the messages from the films to empower our communities. We are also excited to continue NC State’s annual Kwanzaa celebration on December 5. Whether Kwanzaa is a regular part of your holiday season or you have never observed it before, join us for an evening honoring the African heritage in African American culture and enjoy student performances illuminating the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
The African American Cultural Center is both a place that embraces your authentic self and a space that will challenge your ideas. We have lots of opportunities for you to expand your perspective throughout the semester. Explore our collection of over 7,000 books exploring Black history and culture housed in our library on the second floor of Witherspoon Student Center. You can also develop your critical eye in our art gallery. This semester, we have two exhibits by local artists, “Mental States” by Telvin Wallace (August 19- October 4) and BlaQness by Charlie Michelle and Henry Hallager V (October 14-December 14). Join us every Friday for one of our most popular programs, What’s On the Table? a student-led and Black-centered intergenerational conversation about the most pressing issues of the day. Finally, you can learn about cutting edge research investigating black communities by attending a lecture by one of our esteemed Faculty Fellows.
There’s always something happening in the African American Cultural Center.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. For more information, please contact the African American Cultural Center at 919.515.5210.