LSU African American Cultural Center to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Center on May 3

04/25/2013 02:55 PM

On Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m., the LSU African American Cultural Center will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new facility, located on campus at 3 Union Square in the same building as the Barnes & Noble at LSU, the new Women’s Center and the new parking garage.


The keynote speaker for the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Donald R. Cravins Jr., the chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. An LSU alumnus, Cravins was the Student Government vice president when the original African American Cultural Center was established. In addition to Cravins, speakers will include Katrice Albert, vice provost of Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach at LSU, and Stuart Bell, executive vice chancellor and provost at LSU. Several past coordinators and managers of the LSU African American Cultural Center will also be present for the ribbon-cutting celebration.


The LSU African American Cultural Center implements educational, cultural, and social activities that acknowledge and address the needs of African American students at LSU. The Center also provides a venue for all students to learn about African American culture, heritage, and traditions. The AACC is an area reporting to the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


The primary goal of the LSU African American Cultural Center is to educate students, faculty and staff about the history, culture and the contributions of African-Americans. In doing so, the center strives to help the LSU family develop a better knowledge and understanding of the African-American experience.


The original LSU African American Cultural Center was dedicated on Jan. 17, 1993, on Raphael Semmes Road in the same location as the new African American Cultural Center. The original center replaced the Harambeé House, the first meeting place specifically for African American Students that was founded in 1972 and located in the old Christian Science building. The new, state-of-the-art African American Cultural Center will provide a meeting and conference space, access to a cultural library, a cultural and artifact tour, internet and wireless access and equipment rental.


Throughout the year, the LSU African American Cultural Center hosts a variety of program, including Umoja, a welcome event for freshmen and transfer students; the Multicultural Student Leadership Conference, where students explore the role of leadership within the frameork of diversity; the Black History Month Celebration, which includes events and nationally recognized guest speakers and performers; the Robing Ceremony, which honors undergraduate and graduate students who complete their college careers at LSU; the Juneteenth Celebration, which observes the freedom of African slaves in the United States; and Pre-Kwanzaa, a ceremony to celebrate the traditional African values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement.


For information about the LSU African American Cultural Center, please contact LaKeitha Poole, coordinator for African American Student Affairs, at or 225-578-1627, or visit

Melissa  Foley 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013