Our current political climate can be disheartening, enraging, and depleting, making it seem that nothing we do matters, or can bring about social change. Don’t believe it!  We cannot let attempts to silence, discourage, misinform, and intimidate our communities take away our voice.  Voting is a LOUD way of having your voice heard. VOTE NOW!  Encourage others to VOTE.  Help others register to VOTE.  FIGHT for your vision of a just society.

Join us Monday, October 12, 2020 for our next Creating Change program where we will discuss the importance of voting!


Please join us Wednesday, October 28th for Black Table Talk!

We will be discussing black women and gender based violence – strategies for self-care. We look forward to seeing you!


open study

AACC Virtual Hangouts

Have questions? Stop by our virtual office hours! Need a space to study and be productive?

Drop in for our open study sessions! Need to de-stress? Join us for our Friday chill and spill!

Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Open Study Hours:

Monday – Thursday

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Chill and Spill:

Every Friday

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Not be silenced

AACC Director: Our Unity is Transformational

We are in the midst of a historical moment that has exposed the structures of racism at the heart of American society.  If the coronavirus was not enough to reveal in such heartbreaking detail the deadly consequences of decades, centuries, of economic, political, and social injustice endured by people of African descent in America, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have pushed into even starker relief, the deadly violence that goes hand in hand with the criminalization of black bodies and black communities throughout the country.


The African American Cultural Center is a gathering place for the safe, creative, and critical exploration and celebration of black life, culture, and history.  In this moment of profound pain and frustration and anger, the Center is open, albeit virtually, as a place for all members of the UIC community, but especially our students, to raise our voices in support of black lives and in support of each other, and in search of something like a solution to the injustice that circumscribes our lives.

I am so proud of the strong and focused young people that have been using their voices in the streets of Chicago, on television, on the radio, and on social media, and in cities and towns throughout the country.  Together, they are pushing the nation into a confrontation with itself – the past and present realities of systemic racism and disregard for black life.  I have faith and hope that all of us together can raise our voices in powerful protest and as necessary witness to the unnecessary loss of black lives in the United States – at the hands of a broken criminal justice system, and at the hands of an unequal healthcare system that has left tens of thousands of black and brown people vulnerable to the ravages of the coronavirus. (Cont.)

The African American Cultural Center is working with other units at UIC, including the Office of Diversity, to develop responses to this historic moment.  We will work together to provide our students a space to share their concerns and to strategize about how to build a future in which systemic violence is not only challenged, but defeated.

In Solidarity,

Cynthia Blair


 BIPOC/Minority Mental Health Awareness 

We are living in a time of great disruption, uncertainty, and challenge.  The COVID-19 pandemic, racial violence, political upheaval, and economic precarity affect black women and men in different ways, often impacting our mental health or the mental health of those whom we love.  The African American Cultural Center recognizes the importance of nurturing Black Mental Health and wants to help shatter the silences that keep us isolated and distant from the help we all need.  Please check out the resources below and connect to our weekly programming because BLACK MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS.

Our Virtual Community

The African American Cultural Center has launched a weekly series of virtual programs designed to keep us connected and focused on the positive.


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