The national Association for Black Culture Centers offers you and your institution professional development opportunities to learn best practices on strengthening African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American and multiculture centers. Our best practices focus on developing synergy among centers, while teaching the historical and contemporary connections Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans have with Africana people. Whether you’re a faculty/staff member or student, we invite you to join our organization. You’ll connect with others at our regional conferences who share your passion for building connections among ethnic groups and increasing understanding of their related history and culture.
Why Culture Centers Matter
As ABCC Executive Director/Founder, Dr. Fred L. Hord, writes in Black Culture Centers: Politics of Survival and Identity, "Black Culture and Multiculture Centers rose out of the student protest and other activist movements of people of color in the United States for social justice and cultural recognition on the college campus." The ABCC is committed to supporting centers as places to celebrate, promote and critically examine the ways of life of ethnic groups. We collaborate with centers across the country to develop programming and ideas to educate all people on the history and culture of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans. We also encourage you to find the connections you and your Center have with African descended people.
How We Help You Build Connections Among Ethnic Groups
With our network of experienced center directors and lists of books and articles, we look forward to guiding you as you work to build connections among ethnic groups. Our Afro-Latino Initiative features 200 books on Blacks in Latin America, including Brazil, Cuba and Mexico, as well as Blacks and Latinos in the U.S. We believe these books are vital to inspiring your center's courses, programming and professional development as well as assisting your Center in forming vital ties with academic programs. We're currently developing an Afro-Asian Initiative, which features books to help you understand and teach the connections between Asians and Africana people.
How We Started
In early 1988, ABCC founder and Executive Director, Dr. Fred Lee Hord, as the first director of the Center for Black Culture and Research at West Virginia University, introduced the idea of a new organization to promote networking among centers and their institutions at an American Council on Education conference in Washington, D.C. Moving to Knox College, he gained administrative acceptance to host an inaugural national conference. That 1989 conference (at Knox College) was followed by biennial and then annual events.
How Our Infrastructure Works
The ABCC consists of a national Board of Directors, state and regional coordinators. As our organization's elected officers, the Board recruits colleges and universities to join the ABCC as institutional members and helps plan conferences to bring faculty, staff, students and community together. The ABCC coordinator in your state serves as your primary contact for all things ABCC. From networking with your center to keeping a list of Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American Centers in your state, these coordinators are vital to growing the ABCC. The ABCC currently has six regions: Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest-East, Midwest-West and Northwest. Regional coordinators reach out to state coordinators in their region, maintain a list of Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American centers in their region and serve as a repository of ABCC information for state coordinators.
ABCC national headquarters will return to Knox College in July 2017. In July 2015, the ABCC moved from Knox to Northern Illinois University, which served as national headquarters for two years. ABCC headquarters produces the quarterly newsletter, Nommo, and the ABCC Kuumba Programming Series booklet. Knox College supported the ABCC starting in 1989, formally serving as the first national headquarters from 1994-2005. In the summer of 2005, the ABCC moved to North Carolina State University, which served as national headquarters for two-and-a-half years. The ABCC returned to Knox College in July 2008 and had a six-month co-site arrangement with NC State.