Our History & Heritage:
In 1968, a University committee convened to examine the needs of African American students at the University of Delaware. In their final report was a recommendation that the University create a center in which African American students could congregate, organize cultural events, and develop a community of support. The University did not immediately act upon that recommendation. Instead, the University did some reorganizing and moved the Upward Bound and College Try programs and the Special Advisor to the Vice President for Student Affairs into house at 231 South College Avenue. Students named the building the Ujamaa House and it quickly became a gathering space for black students, faculty, and administrators. Although students and employees benefited from this space, they continued to lobby for the creation of a true cultural center.
During the 1974-1975 academic year another committee was formed to draft a proposal for a minority center and present it to the Minority Affairs Board. As a result, the Minority Center was established and located in a house at 192 South College Avenue.
The purpose of the Minority Center was to aid minority students in their academic, cultural, and interpersonal development. In 1985, the name was changed to the Center for Black Culture. The Center began to focus more on helping black students and the broader community understand and appreciate the rich heritage of black people in America.
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The Mission of the Center for Black Culture is to serve as an informational resource center regarding the African American experience and to create an appreciation and understanding of the various cultures within the African Diaspora through activities and events that enhance academic excellence, promote quality leadership, and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding community. The Center aids and supports black students in understanding and assessing the various resources available to them on campus. Another vital role is that the Center serves as a cultural liaison to the University community.
Reasons to Get Involved:
The benefits are limitless for those students who utilize the programs and services offered by the Center for Black Culture. The Center is affectionately known as a "Home Away from Home" for many black students. By participating in programs sponsored by the Center, students find new outlets for their creativity and are challenged to develop their abilities in order to perform at their highest potential. At the Center for Black Culture there is always a door open, a shoulder to lean on, and an encouraging word. The Center is staffed with a director, assistant director, program coordinator, administrative assistant and a number of undergraduate student employees.