Our History

The LSU Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center, also known as the AACC, was dedicated and opened on January 17, 1993. A concept that was over 50 years in the making, the AACC has now been serving the students, faculty, and staff of LSU and the Baton Rouge community for over 20 years.

With the opening of the new Center in May of 2013, we have been able to provide more services for the campus and community. The more than 5,600 square foot space has six offices, which includes our new Multifaith/ Prayer meditation room, a courtyard, a large multipurpose rooms, break room, library, three gender neutral restrooms and a changing room. As the only free standing Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center in the state of Louisiana, we are proud to be a space that can now host classes, conferences and meetings. We continue to be able to rent out audio and visual equipment and provide the campus and community access to our library that houses books, videos and cultural artifacts. The LSU Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center remains one of the most precious jewels of the university, and the opening of this newly renovated facility almost 4 years ago ensures a prosperous future.

Signature Programs

We currently boast six signature programs: Umoja, Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (MSLC), Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration, Black History Month Celebration, Robing Ceremony and the Annual Juneteenth Celebration.

These events have continued to grow and expand over the years and have provided students with the opportunity to develop into some of the university’s strongest leaders by helping to plan and conceptualize these, and numerous other, events.


Treasured Traditions at LSU

Robing Ceremony

Robing Ceremony

Robing Ceremony

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebration


 Moments in the History of LSU

"A. P.” Tureaud, Jr.

"A. P.” Tureaud, Jr., first black undergraduate to enroll at LSU

AACC Opening

AACC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Eli Jones

Eli Jones, first Black Dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business

Renee Boutte

Reneé Boutte Myer, first black crowned LSU Homecoming Queen

Isiah Warner and Ebony Spikes

Isiah Warner, first black LSU Boyd Professor and Ebony Spikes, first black British Marshall Scholar at LSU

Black History at LSU


  • LSU Board of Education enrolls Black student into the law school (Roy S. Wilson)


  • First Black to earn a degree from LSU [Masters of Education] (Charles E. Harrington)


  • First Black undergraduate enrolls at LSU ("A. P." Tureaud, Jr.)


  • First Black to graduate from LSU Law School (Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial)


  • First Black woman to graduate from LSU [Masters of Education] (Pearl Henry Payne)


  • First Black to graduate from the LSU School of Library and Information Sciences (Ollie H. Burns)


  • First group (6) of Black students enroll at LSU
  • First Black woman to attend LSU (Freya Anderson Rivers)
  • First Black (man or woman) to live in a LSU residence hall (Maxine Crump)


  • First Black Tiger Band member (John Sibley Butler)


  • First Black (man or woman) to earn her Ph.D. from LSU (Pinkie Gordon Lane)


  • First Black baseball player (Henry LeBoyd)

Kerry Pourciau

Kerry Pourciau


  • First Black wrestler (Joe Lee Lott)
  • First Black LSU professor (Julian T. White, Architecture)


  • First meeting space for Black students was established (Harambeé House)
  • First Black LSU Student Government President (Kerry Pourciau)
  • First Black Ph.D. graduate in Chemistry (Richard Evans)
  • First Black LSU varsity football players (Lora O. Hinton, Jr. and Mikell Williams)
  • First Black man gymnast (Mike Carter)
  • First Black Tigress Pom Pon (Elma Walker)


  • First Black graduate of the School of Renewable Natural Resources [Masters in Fisheries] (Albert J. Doucette, Jr.)


  • First Black LSU basketball player (Collis Temple, Jr.)
  • First Black quarterback for LSU (Carl Otis Trimble) [1974-76]

    Lora O. Hinton, Jr.


  • First Black cheerleaders (Ladeta Crowley and Herman Harris)
  • First Black women's volleyball and women's basketball player (Joanette Batiste Boutte)


  • First Black LSU woman tenured professor (Christine Minor)


  • First Black softball players (Myra Burrell Brown and Paula Edwards)
  • First Black woman tennis player (Kyle Copeland Muse)


  • First Black Golden Girls (Paula Jackson and Saundra Mims)
  • First Black woman gymnast (Debra Ross)


  • First Black (man or woman) LSU dean of an academic college (Carolyn Collins)


  • First Black woman president of the LSU Union Governing Board and Programming Council (Nicole Moliere)


  • First African American head coach of any sport (women's tennis) (Tony Minnis)
  • First Black crowned LSU Homecoming Queen (Reneé Boutte Myer)
  • Minority Services is established (In 1993, it becomes the Office of Multicultural Affairs)


  • Establishment of the LSU Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center


  • Establishment of the LSU Women’s Center


  • First Vice Provost of Campus Diversity is appointed (Gregory Vincent)

Dr. Isiah Warner with a group of students

Dr. Isiah Warner with students.


  • First Black LSU Boyd Professor is named by the LSU System (Isiah Warner)
  • First Black woman soccer players (Fallon Buckner and Somolia Lindsay)
  • Safe Space Campaign begins


  • Office of Strategic Initiatives forms


  • First Black woman Corp Commander for the LSU Corp of Cadets (Daphne LaSalle)
  • First Black (man or woman) British Marshall Scholar at LSU (Ebony Spikes)


  • First Black Women's Basketball Head Coach (Dana "Pokey" Chatman)


  • First Black (man or woman) to complete the LSU MBA/JD joint program (Natasha U. Francis)
  • Black Faculty Association forms


  • First LSU student to be named as a Morris K. Udall Scholar (Nita Anne Clark)


  • First Black Men's Basketball Head Coach (Trent Johnson)
  • First Black Dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business (Eli Jones)


  • First Black LSU student to receive a bachelor's degree in coastal environmental science (Nita Anne Clark)