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Opened in 1984 – Renovated in 2004
Dedicated in 1984 in memory of Vanderbilt’s first African-American student who enrolled 50 years ago, “The House” as it is known, provides educational and cultural programming for the University and Nashville communities.
The BCC undertook a $2.5 million renovation in 2004 and expansion of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center in an effort to advance the University’s goal of achieving meaningful diversity that will benefit all students.  The Center is open to all students, faculty and staff and available to rent or reserve facilities withing the Center throughout the year.
A BCC RESERVATION APPLICATION is available for download.  It contains all the information to reserve and utilize the facility including all rules and guidelines for use.

Art Gallery

Multi-Purpose Auditorium
85 Seats – Projector – 6.1 Sound – Video Players
This is a multi-purpose space equipped with an AV unit, projector, 7.1 Sound System and removable seating (accommodates 85 seats theater style). The auditorium is equipped with a DVD/BlueRay player as well as a Blu-Ray player. It has a podium with stationary and hand held microphones and connections for laptops.
Seminar Room
20 Seats – AV Unit – Projector w/ Video & Laptop Ports
This space is for meetings, classes and other similar events. It accommodates about 20 people and has a full A/V unit and projector capable of playing VHS, DVD and connections for laptops.

TV Lounge (Room 107)

The Legacy Lounge

The new legacy lounge serves as a tribute to the first African Americans to attend Vanderbilt University. Lounge1 Through text, timelines and pictures the lounge captures the unique experiences of black students since the admission of Bishop Joseph Johnson in 1953.
Duel Kitchens

Refrigerator – Microwave – Limited Stove and Oven

The two kitchen areas are for use by all groups and individuals in the center. Each kitchen is equipped with refrigerator and a microwave oven. However, only one kitchen has a full oven with stovetop burners.


Computer Lab
The BCC maintains a student computer lab with desktops, printer, and full
wi-fi access.

The Vanderbilt University Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center (BCC) administration maintains all scheduling and reservations of events in this facility. Facilities are available for use to groups internal to the University and scheduled only to registered student groups, academic and administrative departments or organizations. Off campus groups must request space by writing/email to the Associate Director of the Black Cultural Center. Only non-profit groups can utilize the BCC because of the University’s tax-exempt status.