Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Worth the Wait!

You better believe it! Better yet come see for yourself, the new Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, located on the first and ground floors of the Flowers Building is open daily from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We have worked hard to create a center of which the campus community can be proud. We are fully staffed with the arrival of our new program coordinator Alec Greenwald, so please stop by and introduce yourself. And when you visit, stay awhile, watch a movie, some TV, meet up with a friend ... Get Cultured!

We appreciate your patience, and trust that you too will believe the new Mary Lou was worth the wait. So welcome home! Know that while we believe the space is great, it's all of YOU who make the Mary Lou Williams Center what it is. THANK YOU! Team Mary Lou

Who We Are: 

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture strives to promote racial understanding, build community, and foster an appreciation for and increase knowledge of Black people, Black history, Black culture, and the vast contributions of people of the African Diaspora. Read more.

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Sep 11, 2014

Weekly Jazz Wednesdays add music to study sessions and coworker meetups

John Brown perched on a stool, his fingers flying across the thick strings of his bass. He closed his eyes as the drums, piano and trumpet conversed with each other, taking turns carrying the melody.

Across the room at Duke’s Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, students studied notes on laptops and visitors watched the jazz ensemble, bobbing their heads to the beat.  The tradition of “Jazz @ the Mary Lou” is 10 years old, and Brown, director of the Duke Jazz Program, brings different musicians to the center every Wednesday evening, from professional performers to up-and-coming high school students.

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Apr 28, 2014

In 2008, Ghana hosted the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), the most prestigious pan-African football (soccer) tournament. When the Ghanaian Black Stars defeated Nigerian Super Eagles in the semi-finals there was so much jubilation nationwide, you would have thought we won the whole AFCON or finally achieved Kwame Nkurmah’s dream of Pan-Africanism. Why the craziness? Because Ghana and Nigeria are archrivals and we beat them on home soil. I remember how my heart pumped as I watched Nigeria’s demise. We had defeated them.

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