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Center for Black Culture and Research


April 11th, 2014

M.A.N. is a special initiative under the purview of the Center for Black Culture and Research, with the additional support of university professionals and community leaders. Although this initiative seeks to focus on the development/retention for undergraduate males of color, graduate students are welcome and encouraged to be a part of the network to provide additional support to undergraduate males. Participants will become closely connected with the program’s mentors/facilitators.
(Center for Black Culture, Student Affairs)
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April 2nd, 2014
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This ceremony at WVU is to recognize people on campus and in the community who have personally achieved much as well as worked to help uplift the community.

Students, Faculty and Staff have been nominated in categories such as Professor of the Year, Student Leader of the Year, Agent of Change, Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Student Organization of the Year, and The Community Service Award!

Come out and support this wonderful occasion to honor our fellow Mountaineers!

This is a Black Tie Event!

March 7th, 2014

March 30th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Join ASA for an evening of celebrating the African community through food, music, conversation, dance and fashion.The evening will feature a guest speaker; Ms. Alice Gyamfi, She is the current Miss Africa USA (first Princess) and philanthropist who focuses on women empowerment and educating young African girls. Alice works together with Youth for Human Rights to provide scholarship for young African girls to pursue a career in humanitarian activism. Along with a fashion show sponsored by: Bernan Clothing & Blessed Collection

Special Guest Speaker: Alice Gyamfi

Special Guest Performance: Zuzu African Acrobats (America’s Got Talent)

Location Information:

Downtown Campus – Mountainlair

Contact Information:

Name: Samuel Asante

Phone: 571-331-9396


Ticketing Information:

Members Admission $15 | General Admission $20| VIP Admission $ 35

January 28th, 2014
Angela Davis 2014
WVU Festival of Ideas: An evening with Angela Davis, Feb. 5

via wvutoday
Angela Davis, legendary human rights activist and distinguished scholar, will visit West Virginia University as part of the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas on Feb. 5.

Her talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. This event is co-sponsored by WVU’s Center for Black Culture & Research and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, activist and organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.

In the 1960s, Davis joined the Communist Party, protested with the Black Panthers and become a principal spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement. As a result, she found herself fighting to keep her job as a newly appointed philosophy professor at UCLA when her detractors characterized her as a dangerous subversive menace in the national media. Her supporters, however, viewed her as a strong leader challenging authority and boldly advocating for power to all people.

On August 7, 1970, Davis was implicated in the politically motivated kidnapping and murder of a judge in a brazen daylight shootout at the Marin County courthouse. Davis fled California, convinced she would not be given a fair trial, and was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. After a national manhunt, she was captured two months later in New York City.

Charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy, Davis was put on trial in one of the most sensational court cases of its time. After a two year legal battle, an all-white jury acquitted her on all charges in 1972. In the recently released documentary, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” Davis speaks for the first time in 40 years about the actions that branded her a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom. This film will be shown on Feb. 5 in the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theater before and after her Festival talk, at 5 p.m. And 9 p.m.

Today, Davis works on a range of social problems associated with incarceration and the criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of the prison-industrial complex, her work urges audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons.

Davis sits on the executive board of the Women of Color Resource Center, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that emphasizes popular education of and about women who live in conditions of poverty. She also works with Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison-industrial complex. She is also affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia, that works in solidarity with women in prison.

Her teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College and UC Berkeley, as well as UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges and Stanford. Davis has spent the last 15 years at UC Santa Cruz, where she is now professor emerita of history of consciousness, an interdisciplinary doctoral program, and of feminist studies.

A book signing and reception with Davis will follow her talk. For more information, visit and follow the conversation on Twitter at #wvuideas.

Festival of Ideas is an annual speaker series that hosts high-profile intellectuals and public figures—along with WVU’s own academic superstars—in a series of lectures that engage the University community in important issues of the day. It’s organized by the Office of University Events.


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November 12th, 2013

On Monday, January 20, 2014 (8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms) the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award will be presented during the MLK Unity Breakfast, to the nominee from the state of West Virginia who best exemplifies one who is working to fulfill the commitment of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awardee must be a resident of West Virginia and must have, or be making a substantial contribution in the advancement of such concerns as: civil rights, human rights, humanitarianism, social action and advocacy, civility, improving the human condition, acting as a change agent for an inclusive and equal society for all people, etc. Each year the Martin Luther King Achievement Award Subcommittee makes their selection based on the applications we receive at the WVU Center for Black Culture & Research. To nominate someone or to be nominated please complete the nomination form and return it to the Center for Black Culture & Research. Please duplicate and share this information with your staff, organization or group.
To obtain a copy of the nomination form, visit our website @ or contact the WVU Center for Black Culture & Research at 304-293-7029.

To learn more about nominating someone or to be nominated please download the pdf document below.

23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award Nomination Form

Nomination forms must be received by 4 p.m. on December 9, 2013

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award

Also available for 2014 is the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award Application. More information is available by downloading the following pdf document.

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award Application