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.


Vanderbilt University plans a number of events to celebrate the history and legacy of African Americans throughout the month of February and beyond.  Please visit our website often for the most updated information on our Black History programming.

next at the BCC…

Black Cultural Center Ambassa’Dores
Career Planning Workshop Part II

4PM • Wednesday, February 22nd
Food Served • Black Cultural Center
The Elevator Pitch, Mock Interviews, Head Shots will be offered to attendees.











Co-sponsored with Center for Student Professional Development
and the Omega Pi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


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.


Black Girl Gaze by Dr. Claudine Taaffe

BCC Art Exhibit
On Display from February 20th-March 3rd
Monday-Friday • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

On behalf of African American and Diaspora Studies and the Callie House Research Center for the Study of Global Black Politics and Cultures, please join us for the opening of a Black Girl-centered photography exhibit, “Black Girl Gaze: A Black Feminist (Re)membering of Girlhood” by Professor Claudine Taaffe from African American and Diaspora Studies.


Reading and Viewing List for the Film 13th

Suggested Books:

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis

Are Prisons Obsolete?,  by Angela Y. Davis

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson

Killing Rage: Ending Racism,   by Bell Hooks

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, by Marc Lamont Hill

Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, by Sheryll Cashin

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,  by Kelly Brown Douglas

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson

Suggested Documentary Film:

Profiled, A Film by Kathleen Foster