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Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Who We Are

The mission of Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center is to provide a network of programs and support services promoting the individual, social, cultural and academic well-being of Illinois’ African American students. Opened in the fall of 1969 in response to calls from students, the African American Cultural Center at Illinois was rededicated in 2004 to former Director Bruce D. Nesbitt. Learn more about us.

Upcoming Events

My Sister, Sandy

Tuesday, October 6th at 7 pm
(Doors will open at 6:30 pm)

SDRP Multipurpose Rooms, Ikenberry Commons
Free and Open to the Public
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The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC), in collaboration with Amira Al Mutairi of International Student and Scholar Services and the Delta Omega Sigma Alumnae and Delta Rho Chapters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., are honored to host Mrs. Sharon Cooper as the keynote speaker for the “My Sister, Sandy” educational forum. My Sister, Sandy commemorates the life and legacy of Ms. Sandra Bland, a Student Affairs professional whose untimely death in July 2015 sparked nationwide dialogue over police brutality and race relations in the United States. Mrs. Cooper will share a message to inspire a community call to action based off her sister’s tragic experience.

In an on-stage interview facilitated by Mr. Anthony Antione of WCIA 3 News, Mrs. Cooper will share how her experiences have strengthened her to not only fight for her sister’s death, but to celebrate her tremendously impactful life. We will have a Q & A with the audience members followed by musical performances and tributes to the family from campus and community partners. There will also be opportunities for guests to contribute to the crowdfunding account designated for covering the legal and burial expenses of Ms. Bland.

This event has been a product of loving collaboration with several campus and community partners. These include (but are not limited to): OIIR, University Housing, Multicultural Advocates, Office of Minority Student Affairs, University Catering, LGBT Resource Center, Women’s Resources Center, Diversity & Social Justice Education, The Academy of African American Arts, 100 STRONG, Allies for Racial Justice, Women of Color, WCIA 3 News, Black Lives Matter - Champaign, Urbana Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma - Epsilon Xi Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta - Alpha Nu Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha, Tau Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi - Beta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta - Delta Nu Chapter, and many more.




Dear Students, Staff, Community Members and friends of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC). We have transitioned from our current 708 South Mathews Avenue facility in Urbana, Illinois to our new temporary location at 51 East Gregory Drive in Champaign, Illinois. We are excited about the prospects of our new space, and we invite you to visit us. We are now accepting Space Reservations! Go to the space reservation tab and fill out the link.

Staff can be reached at the main line (217) 333-2092. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. We thank you for your patronage.

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