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Black Cultural Center


The Black Cultural Center provides purposeful, holistic, scholarly and cocurricular programming designed to strengthen understanding of African American heritage. It enhances the academic, cultural and social development of the entire Purdue community.

Performing Arts Ensembles

Providing cultural education through the arts is the principal objective of the Black Cultural Center’s performing arts ensembles. The BCC has institutionalized a curriculum-based programming model that provides a balance between performing (dance, theater, music, and creative expression) and learning about the social, political and historical bases of artistic traditions in African diaspora cultures. Professional artists-in-residence provide master-class instruction and prepare students for local and regional performance engagements. Students of diverse ethnicities and cultures join the ensembles and experience a supportive environment.

Purdue Renames Residence Halls for Parker Sisters

When Frieda and Winifred Parker enrolled at Purdue in 1946, they could not live on campus. The two sisters and their family led the successful campaign to integrate university housing, which went into effect in 1947. In October 2021, Purdue held a dedication ceremony for the newly-named Frieda and Winifred Parker Residence Halls to honor their commitment to the fight for equity and access in education. They are the first buildings on campus to be named for Black alumnae. Watch this documentary and read more to learn about the Parker Sisters.

Facility Tour

The Black Cultural Center is a nationally recognized repository of information on Black history and culture. Two of the center’s most treasured resources are its extensive library and striking art collection. Committed to supporting academic excellence and leadership development, the Black Cultural Center offers a deep well of resources and opportunities to students.

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Support Us

Purdue University's Black Cultural Center is a vibrant element of University life, offering a wealth of programs and services for the entire campus community. We bring together the wonderful diversity of the Purdue family by nurturing and presenting the rich heritage of the African American experience through art, history and cultural understanding. By donating to the Black Cultural Center, you help strengthen the center’s impact on Purdue and the community.