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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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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Happy Monday!
Ecstatic to be hosting Pulitzer prize winning poet and author, Jericho Brown on October 1st for our third annual Arts As Activism workshop 

Jericho Brown is author of the The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. 

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Tomorrow! COVID-19 & Healthcare Inequities Impacting the Black Community
Panel discussion with Q&A 
Register here: https://bit.ly/3bCXp9v
Brought to you by Purdue University's Black Cultural Center
Co-sponsored by PULSIS, the Purdue University Department of Public Health, & Purdue’s Center for Health Equity & Innovation (CHEqI)
COVID-19 & Healthcare Inequities Impacting the Black Community
This panel discussion with a Q&A portion addresses systemic inequalities that disproportionately affect the Black community with the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will address topics including the heightened risk of contracting the coronavirus and inequities Black people face when seeking treatment for to COVID-19.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3bCXp9v
Brought to you by Purdue University's Black Cultural Center
Co-sponsored by PULSIS, the Purdue University Department of Public Health, and Purdue’s Center for Health Equity and Innovation (CHEqI)