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…

The Portraits of Afro-Cuban Artist: Erik Olivera Rubio

Erik Olivera Rubio is an unusually gifted artist, who focuses on the African experience in the Diaspora. The portrait is his artistic métier. He relies on this ancient form of expression to focus on the strong, determined, remarkable, beautiful, and proud black figure, who refuses to be apologetic about their blackness. Olivera Rubio offers a personal and intimate perspective of someone living a fulfilled black experience, with all of its attributes.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Afro-Hispanic Review, the Latino, and Latina Studies Program, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the Department of the History of Art, African American and Diaspora Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence.

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

2017 First-Year Harambee March