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Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center: 615-322-2524.

Named for the first African American student admitted to Vanderbilt University in 1953, Bishop Joseph Johnson (B.D. ’54, Ph.D. ’58), and dedicated in 1984, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center provides educational and cultural programming on the black experience for the Vanderbilt community.

The center sponsors films, musical performances, art exhibitions, and lectures and discussions on African and African American history and culture. In addition, the center offers opportunities for community outreach and service through tutoring and mentoring services in the Nashville community.

The center serves as a haven for students, providing ample opportunities for informal fellowship with students, faculty, and staff.

The center is open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff for programs and gatherings.