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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

Thursday, September 27, 2018

PROJECT 500 ALUMNI WELCOME RECEPTION 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Complimentary

Levis Faculty Center

The Office of Minority Student Affairs would like to welcome Project 500 Alumni back to campus as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the program.

 

Friday, September 28, 2018

CAMPUS TOURS - MORNING TOUR 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & AFTERNOON TOUR 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Complimentary

Alice Campbell Alumni Center

Take a tour of campus to visit some of your old favorites and take a construction tour the new Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. Golf carts will be provided for those that need them on the tour. Please wear close toed shoes for the construction site visit.

 

FRIDAY CAMPUS TOUR - AFTERNOON TOUR 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Complimentary

Alice Campbell Alumni Center

Take a tour of campus to visit some of your old favorites and take a construction tour the new Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. Golf carts will be provided for those that need them on the tour. Please wear close toed shoes for the construction site visit.

 

FRIDAY PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Complimentary

Alice Campbell Alumni Center

The Illinois Alumni Association and the University of Illinois Alumni Alliance are pleased to host Project 500 guests for pre and post-concert receptions at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

 

FRIDAY CELEBRATION PERFORMANCE: THEN AND NOW 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM $5.00

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

 

FRIDAY DESSERT RECEPTION 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Complimentary

Alice Campbell Alumni Center

The Illinois Alumni Association and the University of Illinois Alumni Alliance are pleased to host Project 500 guests for pre and post-concert receptions at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

LUNCH 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM $15.00

Illini Union Room 314

Connect with friends and current students over lunch

 

SATURDAY PANEL DISCUSSION: HISTORY OF PROJECT 500 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Complimentary

Illini Union Room 314

12:00 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.: Panelist will give a historic overview of Project 500 12:25 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.: Panelists will discuss the recruitment of Project 500 12:55 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.: Panelists discuss the protest at the Illini Union on September 9, 1968 1:25 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Panelists will discuss life on campus for Project 500 students after the September 9, 1968 protest.

 

SATURDAY PANEL DISCUSSION: ORGANIZATIONS FORMED AS A RESULT OF PROJECT 500 AND WRAP-UP Q & A 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM Complimentary

Illini Union Room 314

2:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: The Aftermath- Organizations formed as a result of Project 500: Black Student Association, BAN/U of I Black Alumni Association, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Bruce Nesbitt African-American Cultural Center, UHURU and OMNIMOV Dance, U of I Jazz Band, Black Choir, Black Yearbook

 

SATURDAY EVENING GALA 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM $125.00

I Hotel and Conference Center

Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance as we salute the members of Project 500 and other alumni.

 

Find out more about upcoming events. View Calendar.

BNAACC Schematic Design and Feedback Survey

We are collecting your thoughts about the new Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) facility. This survey will take about 5 minutes of your time. If you have additional thoughts there is space at the end of the survey to make brief comments. Please complete this survey after attending the Design Proposal Feedback Session on Wednesday, March 1 or viewing the Schematic Design.

Design Narrative (PDF) | Schematic Design Photo Gallery | Design Proposal Feedback Survey Form

Dear Students, Staff, Community Members and friends of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC). We have transitioned from our former 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.

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.https://oiir.illinois.edu/bnaacc/bnaacc-events

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