History of the African American Cultural Center
The University of Arizona’s African American Cultural Resource Center was established in 1991, a year and a half after students protested in front of the administration building for more resources and attention to be dedicated to supporting diversity and the unique needs of Black students on campus. From that protest, the students established an area dedicated developing leadership, promoting social justice, and improving academic skills. The building that housed the newly formed cultural unit, formerly belonging to the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, was renamed the Martin Luther King Jr. Building and is now affectionately referred to as “the MLK”. Over the decades African American Student Affairs, housed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Building has maintained our commitment to providing a comfortable and dynamic space for students and advancing diversity at the University of Arizona.
BLACK is back. Join the new Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge (BLACK) Community
The word “community” literally means to give among each other. The Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge (BLACK) themed community provides a comfortable, fun and dynamic space for students interested in spending time giving and receiving support from their peers, and engaging in exploration of the African American experience on campus as well as nationally.
Through a partnership with African American Student Affairs (AASA), students can expect engaged dialogue about a variety of topics, group study sessions, organized opportunities to volunteer in the community, and excursions off-campus. Participants in this community share common interests in excelling academically, exploring the histories and experiences of people of African descent, and a desire to develop their understanding of leadership, and personal identity. Additionally, students who participate in this community have access to a faculty fellow from AASA for mentoring and advising, can earn course credit through the AASA Internship Program, and can take advantage of multiple opportunities to build relationships with local and campus community leaders.
Join the BLACK community today, give your time to building fellowship with other students, and receive the benefits of an awesome cultural leadership experience!