Black Cultural Center to hold grand opening Wednesday

May 1, 2017 By Doug Erickson
Nikeya Bramlett, Deja Mason and Bobbie Briggs, members of the University Gospel Choir, perform before a crowd of over 100 people during a dedication and libation ceremony for the new Black Cultural Center.

Nikeya Bramlett, Deja Mason and Bobbie Briggs, members of the University Gospel Choir, perform before a crowd of over 100 people during a dedication and libation ceremony held in February for the new Black Cultural Center. Photo: Bryce Richter

The university’s Black Cultural Center will mark its grand opening with a full day of events on Wednesday.

Located on the first floor of the Red Gym, the center’s festivities will include drop-in events and gatherings that celebrate the contributions of black culture to the Wisconsin Experience. All events are open to the public.

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Bagels at the BCC

10-11 a.m.: Visual Timeline walkthrough with Harvey Long, a doctoral student who researches the history of black students at UW–Madison

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch and Learn, featuring the premiere of the short film “Voices” by Marquise Mays

2:30-4 p.m.: Coffee break and Adinkra printmaking with Wheelhouse Studios

5 p.m.: Student Showcase featuring University Gospel Choir, ROOTZ Afro-Caribbean Dance Group, First Wave scholars and the National Pan-Hellenic Council Unity Step

6 p.m.: Panel of alumni, activists and elders

7:30 p.m.: Community meal

The center was dedicated in February.