Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new African American Cultural Center. The new center is located at 3 Union Square in the same building that houses the new women’s center and a Barnes & Noble bookstore.
The LSU African American Cultural Center implements educational, cultural, and social activities that acknowledge and address the needs of African American students at LSU. The Center also provides a venue for all students to learn about African American culture, heritage, and traditions. The stated goal of the center is to educate students, faculty and staff about the history, culture and the contributions of African-Americans. In doing so, the center strives to help the LSU family develop a better knowledge and understanding of the African-American experience.
The new, state-of-the-art African American Cultural Center provides a meeting and conference space, access to a cultural library, a cultural and artifact tour, internet and wireless access and equipment rental. Throughout the year, the LSU African American Cultural Center hosts a variety of programs, including a welcome event for freshmen and transfer students; the Multicultural Student Leadership Conference; a Black History Month Celebration, which includes events and nationally recognized guest speakers and performers; the Robing Ceremony, which honors undergraduate and graduate students who complete their college careers at LSU; the Juneteenth Celebration, which observes the freedom of African slaves in the United States; and Pre-Kwanzaa, a ceremony to celebrate the traditional African values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement.