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…

“Still We Rise:
Taking the Bitter with the Sweet and Savoring the Moments.”
Friday, January 20th • 11:30 AM • Refreshments served


A time of camaraderie, food, and fellowship, as we celebrate our community, our lives, our past, our present, and our future, as we continue, undaunted, to face the obstacles confronting us, individually and collectively.   As Maya Angelou notes in her famous poem, “Still I Rise”:  “[we are] the dream and the hope of the slave” and we will rise!   All are welcome. 


VU-WiSE & BCC Book Club present


Monday, January 23rd
12:00 Noon • BCC Auditorium
Lunch Served

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.”  “You’ve heard the names John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. What about Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith or Barbara Holley? Most Americans have no idea that from the 1940s through the 1960s, a cadre of African-American women formed part of the country’s space work force, or that this group—mathematical ground troops in the Cold War—helped provide NASA with the raw computing power it needed to dominate the heavens.”

“HIDDEN FIGURES: THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE BLACK WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS WHO HELPED WIN THE SPACE RACE recovers the history of these pioneering women and situates it in the intersection of the defining movements of the American century: the Cold War, the Space Race, the Civil Rights movement and the quest for gender equality.”

If you plan to attend this event and would like a copy of the book in advance, a limited number of books are available at the BCC, please send an email to:

Lunch will be provided.

Co-Sponsored with Vanderbilt Women in Science and Engineering.




Monday, January 23rd
12:00 Noon • BCC Auditorium
Lunch Served

Discussion lead by Prof. Lou Outlaw and Vice Chancellor David Williams

In her eloquent and powerfully argued narrative, Carol Anderson makes clear that since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction, usually in the courts and legislatures has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains.


BCC Art Exhibit
On Display from January 16-February 24
Monday-Friday • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Beauty for Ashes, Collage and Assemblage by Kamal Al Mansour


Despite the many recent (and repeated) events and episodes of oppression, repression, racism, injustice and inequality taking place in America, especially for Black people; we must look at the depth, beauty and power of our spirit and courage to endure and strive.  This exhibition, Beauty for Ashes presents both the ashes and a path to and portrayal of the beauty of our culture, which will always shine bright and never be dimmed.