The 25th Anniversary Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Culture Center Jazz Brunch to be Held Feb. 24

Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center

LSU held a rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center this past fall. Photo: LSU

01/29/2018
BATON ROUGE – The Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Culture Center Jazz Brunch is a premier event in a series of programs designed to celebrate Black History Month during the month of February at LSU. This brunch is an opportunity to showcase and recognize the contributions of faculty & staff, volunteers, community members, supporters, donors, and others who work to advance the lives of other African Americans.

The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, in the LSU Club at Union Square at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will be used to support student programs in the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center. Registration information is available at http://www.lsufoundation.org/jazzbrunch.

During the Jazz Brunch, the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center, which has served students, faculty and staff of LSU and the Baton Rouge community for over 20 years, will be highlighted. Originally a space of 1,200 sq. ft., the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center continues to serve as the cultural, social and academic “hub” of black student life at LSU.

The center currently boasts six signature programs: Umoja, the Multicultural Student Leadership Conference, the Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration, the Black History Month Celebration, Robing Ceremony and the annual Juneteenth Celebration, all of which have continued to grow and expand over the years. These programs have allowed students the opportunity to develop into some of the university’s strongest leaders by helping to plan and conceptualize these, and numerous other events.

Additionally, the center promotes and spearheads programs that are designed to support students of color academically, socially and culturally. Some of the specific programs and initiatives include the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center Ambassadors, the Black Student Union and the Black Male Leadership Initiative. These programs would not be possible without the support and hard work of student leaders and professionals across campus.

“This year’s Jazz Brunch coincides with the recent renaming of the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center,” said LSU Vice Provost for Diversity Dereck Rovaris Sr. “It also will commemorate the AACC’s 25th anniversary. We have a lot to celebrate so please join us for the festivities.”

During the Jazz Brunch, George Bell and Friends ensemble will be performing. Bell has produced and performed several concerts at the Manship Theatre and World of Life Christian Center and regularly performs and volunteers in local schools to promote and support music education. In addition to a lifelong passion for music, Bell is the president and CEO of Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge, a Nicholls State University 1981 Hall of Fame graduate, and an active member in the Baton Rouge community.

The Office of Diversity believes that is important to honor the individuals who devote their time and energy to advancing diversity across campus through working with the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center.

For those interested in sponsoring a table at this event, please contact Kenya Messer in the Office of Diversity at kmesser@lsu.edu.

For more information about the Clarence L. Barney Jr African American Culture Center, visit http://www.lsu.edu/diversity/index.php.   

 

 

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LSU Office of Diversity
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