Beginning Monday, March 16 the offices of the African American Cultural Center will be closed until further notice. In addition, we are suspending all public programs, tours, and space requests. Even though the offices of the African American Cultural Center will be closed, we are still here for you.

During this time, please feel welcomed to reach out to us at or at 312-996-9549.

Stay safe and healthy.

The staff of the African American Cultural Center


A Message From Our Director:

The tragic events in Atlanta on March 16, 2021 remind us that racism’s destructive force harms all communities of color.  The brutal murders of 8 women, 6 of whom were of Asian descent, should also remind us of the escalating frequency of gender-based violence over the past year.  We at the African American Cultural Center share in the outrage and stand with our Asian sisters and brothers in the fight against the rising tide of violence against the Asian and Asian American communities.

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.


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