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Center for Black Culture and Research


November 16th, 2016

CONTACT: Eric Jordan, Coordinator, Center for Black Culture and Research

*WVU Center for Black Culture and Research to host annual Kwanzaa event December 1, 2016 *

The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research is sponsoring their annual Kwanzaa celebration concert Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Blue Ballroom.

Kwanzaa is an American and Pan-African holiday traditionally celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, it was designed to convey a message that speaks to the best of what it means to be of African descent, while celebrating with brothers and sisters of all races, religions and backgrounds.
The concert will feature poet “Baba Okantah and Muntu Kuntu Energy”, assistant professor and poet-in-residence at Kent State University. Professor Okantah also assists in facilitating the CBC&R’s Academic Students Achieving and Reaching Success Program every summer.

“Okantah was an amazing human being to learn from,” said Ellis Roper, Academic STARS student and former Mr. Mountaineer “His experience as an African American educator really opened my eyes to how my ancestors paved a way for my future and how I have a responsibility to pave an even brighter path for the generation in front of me.”
The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Center for Black Culture and Research at 304. 293.7029 or visit their website at


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learn more about Okantah, The Muntu Kuntu Energy Poet in the video below.

November 16th, 2016

The WVU Paul Robeson and Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir will be hosting their annual holiday concert Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Gluck Theatre.
The choir, established in February 1992, stems from the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research. The choir is named after two renowned African American gospel singers: Paul Robeson and Mahalia Jackson.

“There is excitement in the air as the Paul Robeson Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir spreads the good news through music during their Fall Concert,” said Shirley Robinson, director of the PRMJ Gospel Choir. “I am delighted to work with such a fun and passionate group that consist of students, faculty and staff who are enthusiastic about singing and don’t mind sharing their talents. We will be singing songs from the fun family weekend and some Christmas/Holiday songs. We hope that you will come share in this special evening.”

The event is free and open to the public.

November 10th, 2016

Tuesday November 1, 2016 was our 2nd session of “Conversation with the Cops”, a co-sponsor program we do with Multicultural, to try and open dialog between students and local law enforcement. This was our last one for this semester, Our next one is February 7, 2017 in the Rhododendron room.
For this past session we concentrated on “Women Rights”, but we talk about whatever the students want to discuss. We also had a student moderator for the first time by the name of Kenah Lyons who did a awesome job. Below are pictures from the event.

November 4th, 2016

Potomac State Students come to play CrossOver Pickup Basketball Wednesday November 9th at 4PM at the Student Rec Center
Wednesday November 9, 2017 Potomac State Students will come to our WVU campus for a friendly game of pickup basketball. Since we will be hosting the event we will allow the Potomac State students to play every other game, unless they win and the winner always is a automatic advancement for the next game, but we will still have a signup sheet for all WVU student, staff or faculty that want to play that day.

This is our 3rd collaborate event between the 2 campuses, which were coordinated by Jason Ottley for Potomac State, and Eric Jordan for WVU. _“The games have been amazing, and fun, and a great way for each campus to get to know each other” _say’s Eric Jordan.
Here is a highlight from a dunk contest we had at our last collaborative event at Potomac State last month.

When: Wednesday November 9, 2017
Time: 4pm-6pm
Where: Student Rec Center

November 4th, 2016

*The WVU McNair Scholars Program is taking applications for the 2017 Paid Summer Research Internship. *
Students who are:
1. First-generation college students who demonstrate a financial need OR students from groups that are under-represented in higher education, i.e., African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Native Hawaiian/U.S. Pacific Islander
2. Currently a full-time sophomore, junior or senior not graduating in May 2017 who have a CGPA of 3.0 or higher
3. Interested in learning about research and pursuing a Ph.D or Ed.D.
4. Highly motivated and self-disciplined
5. U.S. citizens or permanent residents
may download application from via Email or call 304-293-4316 for questions. Application deadline is January 15, 2017.
McNairProgram_Flyer 2016

October 31st, 2016

Conversations with Cops
Forum will discuss students’ legal rights and introduce law enforcement agencies
Mountainlair Commons Area, WVU, 6-8PM, November 1, 2016: “Conversations with Cops” is an ongoing multicultural program series that seeks to foster positive communication between Morgantown law enforcement and the cultural communities that create WVU. The theme of the upcoming program will be, “Womens’ legal rights and Women in Law Enforcement”. The discussion will lead with the introduction of law enforcement agencies, discussion of womens’ roles in law enforcement, and a discussion of womens rights, and then open the floor for a question-and-answer session.

This is an open forum for students to communicate freely and openly with local law enforcement agencies about any subject. Representatives will be present from the Morgantown Police Department, the WVU University Police, the WV State Police, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and WVU’s Equity Assurance Title IX Office. The event will be moderated by Kenah Lyons, WVU NABJ.

This event will take place in the first-floor Commons Area of the Mountainlair on the Downtown WVU Campus.

FREE PIZZA will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the WVU Office of Multicultural Programs, the WVU Center for Black Culture & Research, WVU’s Equity Assurance/Title IX Office, and the Morgantown Police Department, the WVU University Police, the WV State Police, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. For more information, please email: or call: 304-293-0890.

Facebook: WVU Multicultural Programs / Twitter: @WVMulticultural
Conversations with Cops Nov. 1

October 24th, 2016
This one
MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Kevin Pierce and Takara Robinson, both former Academic STARS students, have teamed up as realtors at Old Colony here in Morgantown. The couple, having entered an official partnership at their brokerage, are excited to assist the residents of North Central, West Virginia in all of their many real estate endeavors.

“We really just wanted something fun and productive to do together—something that we could build on as a couple,” Takara said. “It’s an amazing feeling to work with someone who cares about your success just as much as their own.”

Kevin is particularly excited as real estate development is something that he has always been passionate about.

“I love it! Coming to West Virginia University has inspired me and taught me that everything in this life is attainable, you just have to go after it,” Kevin said. “Being able to take the first steps with Takara?there is no comparison. We keep each other motivated and driven, and also we have friendly competition amongst each other. It’s a great thing we are starting to build, and hope to remain a positive influence to also inspire our peers as well.”

The couple has big plans, and they’re certainly not stopping here. Kevin and Takara have their eyes set on being business owners. Their hope is to show people that black love, entrepreneurship and excellence is alive and well. They attribute much of their success to West Virginia University and the Academic STARS program, and they are so thankful that they met each other in the process.

Follow Kevin and Takara on social media!

Instagram: KevinTakara_Realtors
Twitter: KT_Realtors

To learn more about the Academic STARS program, visit or call 304-293-7029

October 7th, 2016

WVU Center for Black Culture and Research seeks nominations for 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award

Do you know a person in the West Virginia community who has shown exemplary service in support of social justice issues? The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research is currently seeking nominations for the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.
The honor is given to residents of West Virginia who have made substantial contributions to the advancement of concerns surrounding civil rights, humanitarianism, social action and acting as a change agent for an inclusive and equal society for all people.
“Every year I am so honored each year to have the privilege of adding the name of the new MLK Achievement Award winner to the esteemed list of previous winners,” said Marjorie Fuller, director of the Center for Black Culture and Research. “Although every nominee’s service is well-worthy of recognition, I am so thrilled to see who the committee selects to honor this year.”
The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. The award committee requires that nominators complete the official nomination form along with a two page statement outlining the nominee’s qualifications and credentials.
All nominations can be emailed to or mailed to the MLK Achievement Committee at 590 Spruce St., Morgantown, West Virginia, 26506.
The award will be presented during the 27th annual MLK Unity Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16. 2017 from 8 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.
For more information about the award, visit

Mlk Achievement

September 20th, 2016

*The Center for Black Culture & Research presents its Annual Homecoming Tailgate Saturday October 1, 2016 WVU vs Kansas State at 1 PM. *
Come enjoy FREE Food, Drinks, Games, Giveaways, and Live Music from DJ Strizy. Our tailgate starts at 1 PM, and will be located
at the Coca-Cola Hospitality Village ONE (North West corner of the stadium).
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September 13th, 2016

It’s time for some “Crossover Pickup Basketball.” We’ll have live, play-by-play announcers, a live DJ, prizes, and some delicious refreshments while you watch (not while you play, that gets too messy).
Checkout our upcoming dates on our flyer below, and video highlights for our last session August 31, 2016.