Northern Illinois University became national headquarters in July 2015, supporting the positions of Founder/Executive Director, Executive Assistant, Web Expert, graduate assistants and work study students. NIU also provides a suite of offices in Altgeld Hall. ABCC 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, and after a six month co-site arrangement, returned to Knox College in July 2008.
In 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.