Black Studies Program

The Howard A. Mims
African American Cultural Center

"Making connections to the African past, present, and future through programs
for the CSU and Greater Cleveland Communities"

Dr. Howard A. Mims

The Cultural Center displays:

  • A permanent collection of African art
  • Contemporary and traditional works of African American artists
  • Revolving exhibits of the art, culture and history of peoples of the African Diaspora
  • Formal and informal colloquia, films, video recordings, and programs designed for student retention.

The center is also a place where students are cordially nvited to relax, engage in discussions, study and receive tutoring. The African American Cultural Center is available for meetings by students, faculty/staff groups and organizations, as well as community organizations and groups. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Streaming Video Streaming Video: View the Honorable Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones introducing fellow members of Congress during an Election Reform Forum hosted by the CSU Black Studies Program.




Umoja Round Tablesis a retention initiative coordinated through the African American Cultural Center that provides an opportunity for CSU students to engage in culturally specific discussions related to various careers. The theme for these discussions is inspired through the title of Lorain Hansberry's play "To Be Young, Gifted and Black." These discussions encourage students to acquire an awareness of how lessons learned in the classroom are applied by professionals employed in the Greater Cleveland community. This program partners with the CSU Career Services Center and utilizes the kind donations of professionals in the community, who volunteer their time to talk to students about various issues that they encounter.

Streaming Video Streaming Video: To view Ms. Dionne Carmichael-Thomas, member of the Black Studies Community Advisory Committee sharing remarks during an Umoja Round Table Discussion.

The Black Studies AmbassadorsThe Black Studies Ambassadors is a community service initiative coordinated through the African American Cultural Center that motivates students to succeed by appreciating their diversity and presenting them as role models to the larger community. The theme that inspires this program is through W.E.B. DuBois' discussion of the "Talented Tenth," a portion of the Black community that is responsible for using their education to instruct the masses. This program also serves as a catalyst that exposes younger students to the activities at CSU and both indirectly and directly operates as a recruitment vehicle. The Black Studies Ambassador Program links CSU into the area schools, corrections facilities and community centers through speaking engagements that CSU students accept on behalf of the Black Studies Program. It also affirms an official relationship with the Association for Black Culture Centers, which has over seven hundred affiliated institutions across the nation.

Streaming Video Streaming Video: To view Cole Whaley, a Black Studies Ambassador in attendance at the 12th ABCC Conference in Miami University, announcing the benefits of attending the conference.

The Curtis Wilson Colloquium Series is an academic initiative through the African American Cultural Center that promotes scholarship in the area of Black Studies. It provides a platform for local and area scholars to present lectures on various topics in the field of Black Studies. This lecture series tributes the legacy of the late Curtis Wilson, former director of the Black Studies Program, who wedded an appreciation for culture and scholarship.

Streaming Video Streaming Video: To view Michael House, President of the "Call & Post," presenting a Curtis Wilson Colloquium Series Lecture in collaboration with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Bridges to Africa Panel Discussions is an academic and community service initiative through the African American Cultural Center that highlights the Black Studies discourse on a global level. These discussions are inspired by the legacy of Nelson and Winnie Mandela. These panels provide a platform for a very diverse representation of African Americans, Africans, and Africans in the Diaspora to enlighten the campus and Greater Cleveland communities about a variety of issues around the world that involve African descendants.

Streaming Video Streaming Video: To view Dr. Sanza Clark, CSU Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Foundations and Director of the Mali Yetu Program, speaking as a panelist at a Bridges to Africa Panel/Celebration.

Kuumba Arts ProgramsKuumba Arts Programs is both an academic and community service initiative coordinated through the African American CulturalCenter that promotes an awareness and appreciation of the Black Aesthetic. It employs the talents of both visual and performing artists to celebrate the variety of art forms ranging from classical to contemporary and even Hip Hop. The African American Cultural Center produces annually the Cleveland State of the Arts Conference, which educates the community about the experiences and needs of Black artists as well as their roles. The African American Cultural Center manages both the Adams Creative Arts Room and the Coleman Art Gallery, multi-purpose spaces dedicated to the memories of the late Frank Adams and Wanda Coleman. These venues provide space for art exhibits and meetings for special interest groups dedicated to empowering the voice of Black people through the arts.

Streaming Video Streaming Video: To view Rob C, a local community vocal artist and musician, gaining exposure during a Kuumba Arts Celebration as part of a Black Studies Open House 2003.

Telephone: (216) 687-3656      Fax: (216) 687-5446

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Black Studies Program
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 137
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Main Classroom Plaza, Room 137
1899 East 22nd Street
Campus Location
Phone: 216.687.3655
Fax: 216.687.5446
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