Aimed at bringing together staff and students from across the country to advance black cultural centers on campus, West Virginia University’s Center for Black Culture and Research has played an important role in planning the 29th annual Association for Black Culture Center Conference “Virtually Black: Cultural Centers Advancing Afrofutures” slated for Oct. 29-31.
Marjorie Fuller, who serves as the director of the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research and president of the Association for Black Culture Centers, will deliver opening welcome remarks during the keynote ceremony, present ongoing research on the Academic STARS Program and participate in a podcast titled “Ladies First.”
As the president of the ABCC, Fuller will help launch the new virtual initiative.
“I find WVU’s active role apropos as it was here that our founder and first director of the CBCR, Dr. Fred Hord, conceived the idea for an organization to support Black Culture Center directors,” Fuller said. “He realized his dream at Knox College, but has never failed to acknowledge the support of West Virginia University in its development.”
The three-day virtual event, hosted by Upperman African American Cultural Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will offer virtual and digital formats and discussions about challenges and solutions of current lived environments through themes that consider ownership, Afro-futurism and creative aesthetic. The conference will also features a virtual cooking class, yoga and aerobic classes, singing sessions and storytelling, a poetry slam and a concert series from around the country.
“It is my hope that the conference will be well received and that WVU will play an active role in helping the ABCC continue to provide both virtual and in-person experiences for many years to come,” Fuller said.
The Association for Black Culture Centers offers institutions professional development opportunities to learn best practices on strengthening African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American and multicultural centers with the goal of enhancing individual, community and global development.
CONTACT: Marjorie Fuller
WVU Center for Black Culture and Research
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