Black Cultural Center



The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center welcomes our new and returning students for the 2016-17 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.

Welcome Class of 2021!
Family Welcome &
Harambee March • 2:30 PM
Saturday, August 19, 2017
101 Buttrick Hall

Family Welcome & Harambee March
Please join the BCC as we host our annual “Family Welcome, Move-In Day”, on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:30 pm.  This is an opportunity to welcome first-year students and their families into our community.  This year, we will have our first ever Harambee March which will resemble a parade of the incoming students and their families walking into the Black Cultural Center to the rhythmic sounds of an African drum ensemble (Nature’s Drummers).  Lining the street and walkway directly in front the BCC will be members of the Vanderbilt community (current students, faculty, staff, and alumni) cheering the families on as they enter the building.  Families will receive a tour of the building and we will host a small resource fair in the auditorium for student organizations and campus partners to answer any questions first-year students and their parents may have.  Lunch will be provided.  We hope to see you there!  


next at the BCC…

Fall Welcome Back Luncheon
Friday, August 25th • 12:00 PM
BCC Auditorium

On Friday, August 25, 2017, at 12:00 pm., the Black Cultural Center will host our “Welcome Back Luncheon”.  This is an opportunity for incoming students to meet our new director, Dr. Noble, returning students, faculty, staff, and Vanderbilt community partners over lunch.  The BCC staff will also share our program initiatives and upcoming plans for our space.  Join us!


BCC Ambassa’Dores Interest Meeting
Tuesday, August 29th @ 7:00 PM

The mission of the BCC Ambassa’DORE Program is to promote the Black Cultural Center as a place where all are welcome. Through providing tours to various local and national groups and partnering with relevant stakeholders on campus and in the Nashville community, the BCCA program works to advance the image of Vanderbilt as an institution committed to serving people of color in a way that promotes inclusion on campus and diversification of the Vanderbilt community.  Since its inception, that commitment has expanded to protect the legacy and contributions of Blacks at Vanderbilt for the benefit of the entire community.
Are you interested in becoming a Black Cultural Center Ambassa’DORE? You are cordially invited to come out and learn more about our program at the BCCA Interest Meeting on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at 7:00 pm.  Attendance is mandatory in order to apply.  We look forward to seeing you!


Complete Capture Digital Media Club
Interest Meeting
Wednesday, August 30th @ 7:00 PM

The purpose of the Complete Capture Digital Media Club is to provide students with an interest in digital media (photography and videography) with an opportunity to hone their skills and creativity while capturing campus events.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Complete Capture Digital Media Club, we invite you to attend CCDMC Interest Meeting on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 7:00 pm.  Attendance is mandatory to apply.  We look forward to seeing you!


Being BLACK at Vandy
Thursday, September 7th • 12 Noon
BCC Auditorium (Lunch Refreshments)

What is it like to be a black student at Vanderbilt University?  Where do I find resources and a sense of community?  How do I not only survive but thrive as a student of color?  In this polarizing period of our history, students of color at predominantly white institutions are confronting increased micro and macro aggressions, alienation, and an ever more evident cultural void on their campuses.  Still, others are finding a sense of community and positive relationships all across campus.  Come out for lunch and an informative discussion led by Dr. Rosevelt Noble and both undergraduate and graduate students as we explore “Being Black at Vanderbilt.”