Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

  • World Cup Road Show

    Join New Student Programs, International House, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, and the Center for Multicultural Affairs for the 2014 World Cup viewing parties.

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    Fill your Wednesday evenings with live jazz and the exquisite company of jazz lovers from the campus and community in an energetic and engaging atmosphere.

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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.

Have You Heard?

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.

Apr 03, 2014

Throughout this piece, Black will be referring to all descendants of the African Diaspora, a definition I first heard given by Ms. Guinn. Maybe this dispersal (both forced and voluntary) can be seen as a means to understand the almost schizophrenic fluctuations of the definition of Blackness and the subsequent complexity of my people. It is a complexity that the majority of Black folks are unaware of. We seem to forget that the different shades of brown we wear are not the only variations amongst Black people, which can be seen in the ‘light-skinned’ vs. ‘dark-skinned’ feud that has followed us from the plantation. Each individual comes to define and reflect Blackness differently based on their experiences and environment. My arrival to Duke has caused me to look at my own reflection questioningly.

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