Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

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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 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.

Mar 26, 2014

“The British are coming!” “I had a dream” “That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind” “Sharkeisha! Noooooooooooooooooooooo” “Go to hell Carolina, go to hell, eat…you know the rest”

What do all these phrases have in common? They are all under 140 characters, but are memorable messages of great importance (depending on who you are). Twitter is a website and application that gives its users the agency to declare a thought, feeling, opinion, fact, picture, and so much more, so long as it fits within the limit. Twitter is great for having your voice heard amongst those that find you interesting enough to follow, but does it encourage fellowship, or hinder it?

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