The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), was renamed after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche in 2003, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth. The Bunche Center is the result of the struggle by black students at […]continue reading
On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier made history by becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. Poitier’s Oscar-wining performance in Lilies of the Field resonated nicely with the integrationist project of the times by promoting a carefully contained image of blackness, the “Good Negro.” This representation would flourish in film and television throughout the […]
August 29, 2014 — Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discusses ABC’s new diverse situation comedies with The Wrap. At issue is the increasing diversity of American audiences and what this will mean for television programming and the bottom line. Click HERE for the article and HERE for the Bunche Center’s 2014 Hollywood Diversity Report: Making Sense of the Disconnect.
2014 Thurgood Marshall Lecture Now on Video To highlight the importance of celebrating and maintaining the civil rights tradition, in 1986 the Bunche Center inaugurated the Thurgood Marshall Lecture Series on Law and Human Rights. Named for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the series pays tribute to his brilliant record of civil rights advocacy by presenting an annual public lecture […]
August 26, 2014 — Despite what some have hailed as a recent renaissance in television, last night’s 2014 Emmy Awards offered more of the same on the diversity front. Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discusses the whys and hows on NPR. Click HERE for the story and audio clip. To read more about the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, click […]
Start the year off right by making sure you’re in the loop. The 2014 Black Convocation is the one event you don’t want to miss!
August 24, 2014 — CBC radio’s Karin Wells interviews Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt about the Ferguson unrest in Sunday Edition. Hunt connects the events to broader questions of race in America. Click Here. August 20, 2014 —WGN 720′s commentator Patti Vasquez interviews Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt about the situation in Ferguson. Hunt provides in-depth analysis of the racial tension there. To […]
COME VISIT THE RALPH J. BUNCHE CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES LIBRARY AND MEDIA CENTER The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies Library and Media Center (LMC ) is one of the four ethnic studies libraries on campus. The LMC has print, multimedia, and archival materials relevant to African Americans and the diaspora, their institutions and achievements worldwide, […]