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.

Cultural Arts Series

The Black Cultural Center is actively engaged in the academic life of the University through the presentation of the Cultural Arts Series. The series features prominent scholars, performing artists and Purdue alumni and enhances the intellectual, cultural and social development of the community. The Cultural Arts Series is presented throughout the academic year and highlights those who have contributed extensively to human rights, business and education. Students and visitors enjoy a full calendar of events, including guest lectures, workshops, seminars and other activities.

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.

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Hand Clapping Games have been a staple in Black culture. 
How many of these do you know? And what other favorites do you remember?

Video from @atiyah_ @__geneas
Join our Turbo Tuesday Virtual Learning Lab tomorrow at 3p EST

Supplies needed:
some craft paper
Crayons/colored pencils/markers
Glue or Tape 
Zoom Link in Bio

Paper weaving is an intro to Basket weaving - A cultural tradition across the Black Diaspora. 
Kente (kenten means “basket”) is a hand-woven cloth originally from the Ashanti Kingdom, in Ghana, West Africa. Kente is also made by the Akans in Cote d’Ivoire. The popularity of the colors and patterns of the kente make it one of the most recognizable textiles in Africa. 
The art of sweetgrass basket weaving is practiced in coastal and barrier island communities from North Carolina to Florida, a region known as the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

Join us tomorrow for a 40 minute hands on workshop.
Mama Angelou said it best. Online learning might not be your preferred way of learning but success is in your future. 
Stay in the game! You got this!
We are getting a kick out of the #savage dance challenges. Tag us this week. We will send our favorite a care package with goodies to enjoy at home during this Covid 19 Quarantine. 
Goodies selected by the BCC Student staff - they’ve great taste.
The Census is upon us. 
POC it matters!! [If you were walking down the street, what race would strangers automatically assume you were? “Street race” – what race you look like, based on your skin color, facial features and more – is an important aspect of a person’s experiences. For example, research shows that a person who’s Hispanic but perceived as light-skinned does not experience the same level of discrimination as a Hispanic person who’s seen as darker-skinned.

However, the U.S. census does not clearly capture these differences.] -Excerpt from NewsOne article (link in bio)

Check out the Coffee Hour with @purdueaaarcc, International Students and Scholars tomorrow with the Chair of the West LAFAYETTE Census 2020  Committee.