What is the BCC doing for BHM?

Maia Thornton

The Black Cultural Center hosts a variety of events throughout the school year. However, Black History Month provides a special time for the BCC to host and sponsor events specifically catered towards remembering and celebrating Black history. Interested in engaging with the festivities? Check out these signature events during the month of February. A full list of events can be found on the BCC website.


February 21st

Spades 101

12:15-2:00pm in the BCC Auditorium

Don’t know how to play Spades? Are you curious about how it became integrated with Black culture? Come to Spades 101 to learn the history of Spades and how to play!


February 22nd

Lights, Camera, Excellence: An All Black Affair

6:00-8:00pm in Alumni Hall 200

Join the Black Student Association for the annual All Black Affair. Enjoy food and music as awards are given out to students who have exemplified excellence.

A Conversation with Zach Stafford

4:00-6:00pm in Sarratt Cinema

Are you interested in hosting Internet news shows? Are you interested in becoming a journalist? Come to the Sarratt Cinema to gain some insight on how to be successful as a journalist or news host from the co-host of Buzzfeed News’ AM to DM and award-winning journalist, Zach Stafford.


February 24th

Being Black at Vanderbilt 101

6:00-8:00pm in Sarratt Cinema

Black students at Vanderbilt have managed to be triumphant in the face of adversity as we navigate our way through a Predominantly White Institution. Come listen to the stories of experiences of Black students at Vanderbilt and how they overcame challenges.

Zumba Fitness with Ramirra Stackhouse

6:00pm-8:00pm in Rec Dance Studio

Come burn some calories while dancing with Ramirra Stackhouse. She will take you through a vigorous Zumba routine that is sure to get you moving.


February 25th

Black History Month Faculty Breakfast

9:00am-10:30am in the BCC Auditorium

The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence invites all faculty and staff to come to enjoy a delicious breakfast in the BCC Auditorium.

A-’Dore-Ing Yourself: How to Negotiate Self-Care Within Your Professional Identity

12:00-2:00pm in the Women’s Center

The mental health of an employee is not usually included in a company’s contract. Join the Women’s Center to learn how to negotiate this before signing on with a company. *RSVP Required*

Moonlit Moments (Film Screening)

6:00-9:00pm in the BCC Auditorium

Join us in the BCC to watch the film Moonlight and discuss intersectionality between the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. Come learn about how the marginalizations of these groups individually will negatively impact someone who exists in both communities.


February 26th

P.R.I.D.E. Training

5:00-8:00pm in the BCC Auditorium

As we become a more inclusive school and nation, it can become challenging to know what is appropriate and inappropriate language and habits to use in safe spaces. Come to this P.R.I.D.E (Pursuing Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) Training to learn the appropriate way to be an advocate for marginalized groups.


February 27th

Black History Month Closeout Luncheon

12:00-2:00pm in the BCC Auditorium

Come to the 2020 Black History Month Closeout Luncheon to celebrate a month full of pride and unity. Although the month has ended, we invite you to celebrate Black history and our pioneers’ contributions to society every day.

Relax & Reset yoga with Jo-Jo Jackson: 90’s R&B Edition

6:00-7:00pm in the BCC Auditorium

Calm and relax your mind with our weekly yoga event, 90s R&B Edition. Healthy lifestyles and a sense of well-being are essential components of Black life at Vanderbilt. Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer recurring yoga classes in the BCC throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit.


February 28th

Alvin Ailey: American Dance Theater

8:00-10:00pm at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center

The BCC will give away 3 pairs of tickets to anyone who is interested in attending.

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