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…



Friday, Oct 21st

Conversation Dore to Dore
BCC Auditorium • 3-4PM

Student organizations will update alumni on their campus organizations and discuss possible alumni involvement as well as the current campus climate and meet/greet alumni.  Refreshments served.

AVBA Business Meeting • BCC Auditorium • 4-5PM

Refreshments served.

Voices of Praise Family Reunion Concert
Benton Chapel

5-5:30PM • Fellowship
5:30PM • Concert

Saturday, Oct 22nd

AVBA Mixer

BCC Auditorium • 4:30PM
Carolyn’s Catering Served

Commodores Football

TSU vs. Vanderbilt • 6:30PM

Sunday, October 23rd

3:30 PM •McGugin Center
(Reception at 3:00 PM)
Women in Athletics Leadership

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

7:00 PM • Student Life Center
Crawford Lecture featuring
Rosalyn Durant
Senior Vice President, College Networks and Programming for SEC Network


ILENS Feature:  In My Father’s House
Monday, October 24th • 7:30 PM
Sarratt Cinema

The film explores identity and legacy in an African-American family as Grammy award-winning rapper Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith and his long-lost father reconnect and try to build a new future in Chicago’s South Side. The film offers a probing take on memory and identity as it tracks Che and father’s shared journey to create a new legacy for themselves, their community and the next generation of family.

Stopping Institutional Racism in New Zealand
with Dr. Heather Came

Tuesday, October 25th • 12 Noon
BCC Auditorium • Lunch provided

Dr. Heather Came is a seventh generation Pākehā New Zealander who grew up on Ngātiwai land. She has worked for nearly 25 years in health promotion and public health and has a long involvement in social justice activism. Heather is a founding member of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism, a fellow of the Health Promotion Forum, and an active member of Tāmaki Tiriti Workers. She currently embraces life as an activist scholar. She is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Teaching and Learning at the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies within the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.  Co-sponsored with the Black Cultural Center.


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.

Bishop Joseph Johnson
Receives Further Vanderbilt Honor