Black Cultural Center



The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center welcomes our new and returning students for the 2017-18 academic year.  We hope this year will be both successful and exciting for our entire Vanderbilt community.  Please come by the Center early and often as your time permits for interesting cultural programming, great food, and fellowship.  Also, visit this site often for programming announcements and updates throughout the year.


Vanderbilt University is rich with the history of African Americans since Joseph Johnson became the first to attend the university.  In addition to the many current events highlighted on this page, please visit the Black History Alumni Spotlight page to learn more about African American students who changed the campus landscape and enhanced Vanderbilt University as one of the top institutions in the world. You may also wish to visit our Celebrating Change website for even more highlights celebrating the legacy of African Americans at Vanderbilt University.


next at the BCC…

Fit with Faculty/Staff
Tuesday, Nov. 28th • 6:00 PM

Join us for another session on healthy living with our guest facilitator Dominique Ennis.

Dominique came to Vanderbilt University Student Centers in July 2017 from Tulane University where she was the Associate Director of Facilities for the Department of Campus Recreation.  Historically working in collegiate recreation, she specializes in facility operations, construction project management, and special events.  She has worked with a variety of operations, maintenance, custodial, professional and student staff throughout her career.  Originally from Norfolk Virginia, Dominique received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Old Dominion University in Exercise Science and Sports Management respectively.  Her professional career has taken her from the United States Navy to the University of North Carolina at Asheville where her involvement with Student Affairs began.  Upon leaving UNC Asheville her career path included stints at the University of Miami (Florida) and Tulane University (New Orleans) before ending up with us at Vanderbilt.  Dominique loves to be active in a variety of ways from walking her two Shiba Inus, to rock climbing, yoga, or a quick run.  She’s very excited to be with us here in Nashville to continue her scenic southern tour with us at Vanderbilt.  Be sure to say hello if you see her in the building!


BCC Career Mentoring Luncheon: Financial Services
Wednesday, Nov. 29th • 12:15 PM
BCC Seminar Room

Join us as we host Cathy Bender-Jackson, Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch for her talk on careers in Financial Planning.  Lunch served.

Invitation only through Anchor Link

Cathy Bender-Jackson


Graduate School Mentoring Dinner
Thursday, Nov. 30th • 6:00 PM
BCC Auditorium (Dinner Served)

Planning to apply to graduate schools and/or professional programs upon graduation?  If so, you need to attend this dinner.  The Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students (OBGAPS) and the BCC are offering this dinner as an opportunity for you to learn how to navigate the process of applying to graduate and professional programs.  During this dinner, we will work to match undergraduates with current graduate and professional students in your program(s) of interest.  Come out and enjoy dinner and leave with the info you need to pursue your advanced educational goals.



Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration Luncheon
Wednesday, December 6th • 12:00-1:30 pm
BCC Auditorium (Lunch Served)

Please join us for great food, music, and fellowship as we celebrate the holiday season and conclude the fall semester.


Uncovered Portraits. Identities Discovered
Exhibit on display from
October 17th-December 1st
Monday-Friday • 8AM-5PM

In the decision to confront ourselves we can be free in the act of discovery. These discoveries become our dreams silhouetted against a vast backdrop. These dreams become our realities and our truths.
Lakesha Moore was formally educated in Nashville but calls the Caribbean home.  She earned her M.F.A. with a focus on painting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her M.Ed. in Instructional Practice at Lipscomb University.  As an artist and art educator, she is constantly looking for opportunities to learn and share ideas.  She currently lives in Nashville and is a faculty member in Tennessee State University’s Art Department.   This exhibit will be on display at the Black Cultural Center from October 17th – November 17th at 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
For additional information call 615.322.2524 or visit our website at
At the center of my work are ideas of identity and memory, and how and where the two meet. The two are inseparable and undeniable in the concept of oneself. I am moved by ideas of self-perception, the perception others form about us, and by the individual and collective histories that reflect these influences. The portraits’ direct or indirect gaze speak to the confrontation of the self or confrontation with the other. 
    Lakesha Moore






Click below to view Family Welcome &
Harambee March Video • August 19, 2017

2017 First-Year Harambee March