Member Benefits

With its national headquarters at Northern Illinois University, the Association for Black Culture Centers is the only national organization whose primary focuses are African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Multiculture centers, and related offices. We look forward to hearing from you again for another year of mutual support. Our objective always is for your Center to flourish. Joining the ABCC as an institution, professional or student offers you numerous benefits and opportunities. We invite you to download a member invoice and become a member today!


Best value!

1. Access to ABCC formal accreditation process

2. ABCC independent speakers bureau    

3. Book, DVD and promotional ad discounts

- 30 percent discount on ads in Diverse for culture Centers only; 15 percent discount for other departments on campus

- 30 percent discount on books through Third World Press

  1. Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks (Poetry)

  2. Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams (History)

  3. The Diary of Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, 1964 edited by Herb Boyd and Ilyasah Shabazz (Biography)

  4. Seeking the Sakhu: Foundational Writing for an African Psychology by Wade Nobles (Psychology)

  5. Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? The Afrikan American Family in Transition by Haki R. Madhubuti (Sociology)

  6. Velvet Bebop Kente Cloth by Sterling D. Plumpp (Poetry)

  7. My Life in Search of Africa by John Henrik Clarke (History)

  8. Walking in Circles: The Black Struggle for School Reform by Barbara A. Sizemore (Education)

  9. Black Culture Centers: Politics of Survival and Identity edited by Fred Lee Hord (Black Studies)

  10. Feeding the Soul: Black Music, Black Thought edited by Diane D. Turner (Music Education)

  11. Intellectual Warfare by Jacob Carruthers (History, Black Studies)

  12. Harvesting New Generations: The Positive Development of Black Youth by Useni E. Perkins (Sociology)

  13. The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations of Black Life in America by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marc Lamont Hill (Social Commentary)

  14. Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1966-2009 by Haki R. Madhubuti (Poetry)

  15. Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America by Thabiti Lewis (Sports Education)

  16. Reconstructing Memory: Black Literary Criticism by Fred Lee Hord (Literary Criticism)

  17. Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art edited by Tony Medina, Samiya A. Bashir and Quraysh Ali Lansana (Cultural Studies/ African American Literature)

  18. Black Authenticity: A Psychology for Liberating People of African Descent by Marcia Sutherland (Psychology)

  19. By Any Means Necessary, Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented edited by Herb Boyd, Ron Daniels, Maulana Karenga, and Haki R. Madhubuti (African American Studies/Criticism)

  20. Into Africa, Being Black: New and Selected Poems by Fred Lee Hord (Poetry)

  21. Razor: Revolutionary Art for Cultural Revolution by Amiri Baraka (Social Commentary)

  22. 44 on 44: Forty-four African American Writers on the Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States edited by Lita Hooper, Sonia Sanchez and Michael Simanga (Politics and Social Commentary)

  23. The Covenant with Black America edited by Tavis Smiley (Social Commentary)

  24. Pedagogical Imagination: A Conceptual Memoir, Volumes 1-3 by Edmund Gordon (Education)

  25. I’ve Been A Woman: New and Selected Poems by Sonia Sanchez (Poetry)

- 50 percent discount on 20 California Newsreel titles

4. Conference registration discounts

5. Pre-conference professional development institutes

6. Conference student leadership development

7. Publication in ABCC newsletter distributed to all ABCC members and affiliates

8. Publication possibilities in ABCC series of books on Centers    
9. Access to lists of active African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Multiculture Centers, and related offices

10. Conference networking opportunities with directors, faculty, staff and students

11. New networking possibilities with major mainstream student activity organizations: American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)

12. New networking possibilities with national academic and professional development organizations: African Heritage Studies Association (AHSA), American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), John D. O'Bryant National Think Tank (JDOTT) and National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)

13. Free job postings on the ABCC website


The ABCC is the only organization in the country with a year-round program to support your Center in the ways cited above, and we also have experts who can come to your campuses for nominal fees to provide consultation based on long years of directing these centers. Become a member today! Download a membership invoice.