Black Cultural Center


The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center welcomes our new and returning students for the Fall Semester of 2016.  We hope this academic 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.

next at the BCC…

BCC Book Club
Remaining Strong Inside:
A Black Retrospective 50 Years Later
Wednesday, October 5th • 12 Noon
BCC Auditorium (Lunch Served)

A discussion lead by VU Senior Akaninyene Ruffin, will examine the Andrew Marinass book comparing the challenges faced by Perry Wallace, Godfrey Dillard and other African American trailblazers with the contemporary struggles of people of color in an America confronting a resurgence of racism and polarization.
Book Signing


A Creative SOULstice by James Threalkill

From Sep. 23-Oct 23, M-F, 8AM – 5PM

James R. Threalkill , is a former Vanderbilt University athlete and art major who previously served as the Art and Community Services Director for the Edgehill Center, Inc., and as the Arts Liaison and Diversity Manager for the City of Nashville in the Office of the Mayor. James has been painting for more than 40 years and won an Emmy Award for Set Design in 1994, for a mural project coordinated with youth from the Edgehill community, for the Viacom Cable Network. He is a former art instructor at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. James was the commissioned illustrator for an upcoming book about Coach Ed Temple and the history of the Tennessee State University Tigerbelles. He previously co-illustrated a successful children’s book series entitled; “Visions: African American Experiences” that was featured on “Sesame Street”. James earned “Best of Show” honors in the Central South Art Exhibition and the Actor’s Theatre Annual African American Art Exhibition. James’ work is included in numerous corporate and private collections. James traveled to Soweto, South Africa in 1995 to coordinate a mural with youth living in Soweto, to pay tribute to South African freedom organizers.  He visited with President Nelson Mandela during that journey. He has traveled twice to Colombia, South America to lecture and participate in an artists’ residency program to motivate and empower youth in various Colombian cities. He was a guest lecturer for the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. James currently serves as the Regional Director for Diversity & Inclusion for Skanska USA, a construction management company.  James is based out of Skanska’s Franklin, Tennessee Office and is a native of Nashville.


CASPAR Advising

College of Arts and Science Pre-Major Academic Advising Resource Center
On-site Advising at the BCC Room 115
Each Wedneday, 10:30AM – 11:30 AM

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