PAFF: Featured Film Discussion Now Available on Bunche TV

PAFF: Featured Film Discussion Now Available on Bunche TV

May 26, 2016 – Now available on Bunche TV, the Bunche Center Images in Blackness Film Series discussion from February 2016 of short films from the Pan African Film Festival. Films being discussed include “Beyond the Passage,” “Fixed,” and “Girls Don’t Do That.” These films explore diversity in the entertainment industry and intersections of identity which will be further discussed […]

UCLA Department of African American Studies Commencement 6/11

UCLA Department of African American Studies Commencement 6/11

May 16, 2016 – The UCLA African American Studies Department will celebrate their scholars’ successful completion of their program on June 11th, 2016. Commencement starts at 11:30 am at Lenart Auditorium located in the Fowler Museum. African American Studies students who wish to participate in the ceremony are recommended to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the commencement; […]

Check Out Summer Course Offerings in African American Studies

Check Out Summer Course Offerings in African American Studies

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Remembering Kojo: A Celebration of the Maroon People of Accompong, Jamaica 5/26/16

Remembering Kojo: A Celebration of the Maroon People of Accompong, Jamaica 5/26/16

(Photo Credit: Jeff Richmond) The World Music Center at UCLA, Department of Ethnomusicology, Herb Alpert School of Music presents a special screening of the film, Remembering Kojo: A Celebration of the Maroon People of Accompong, Jamaica, and a lecture by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje and Carol Merrill-Mirsky. The film Remembering Kojo documents the January Sixth celebration of the Maroons of Accompong, […]

Arthur Ashe: Athlete, Activist, Bruin – Exhibit Runs through 6/30/16

Arthur Ashe: Athlete, Activist, Bruin – Exhibit Runs through 6/30/16

April 27, 2016 – A dominant figure on and off the court, tennis star Arthur Ashe (UCLA ’66) became the first African-American selected to the United States Davis Cup team, won a NCAA singles title, and helped UCLA win the NCAA team title. And that was just during his years at UCLA. He went on to win more than fifty professional […]


History & Mission

Bunche Center Mural (1970)

History & Mission

    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 […]

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Race and Hollywood

The 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report: Busine$$ as Usual? DOWNLOAD HERE.

The 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report: Busine$$ as Usual? DOWNLOAD HERE.

NOW AVAILABLE! 2016 HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY REPORT: BUSINE$$ AS USUAL? The Bunche Center released its third annual Hollywood Diversity Report examining diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. To DOWNLOAD the “2016 Hollywood Diversity Report:  Busine$$ as Usual,” CLICK HERE. To read the UCLA Newsroom story, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, Click Here. […]

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Diversity Issues

LA Times Assails High Court on Affirmative Action

LA Times Assails High Court on Affirmative Action

  December 11, 2015 — Two days after Justice Scalia’s racist comments about blacks on elite college campuses, an LA Times editorial succinctly explains why the U.S. Supreme Court’s approach to  affirmative action misses the point.  Click HERE for the editorial.

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Black Los Angeles

Black Los Angeles Project

Black Los Angeles Project

July 6, 2012 — The Los Angeles Times features a story on the major renovation of a Black Los Angeles landmark, the Dunbar Hotel.  You can access the story by clicking HERE.  A fuller discussion of Los Angeles’s historic Crenshaw Corridor is presented in Chapter 2 of the Bunche Center’s edited volume Black Los Angeles:  American Dreams and Racial Realities. ——————- […]

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Recent Posts

Current Newsletter

Current Newsletter

 Check out the current issue of the Bunche Center News! DOWNLOAD – Bunche Center Newsletter – May 2016  

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A Message from the Director

A Message from the Director

2015-2016 In many ways, we live in more complicated times today than we did 50 years ago, when the Watts Rebellion erupted. Then, officialdom at least acknowledged that the nation had a race and poverty problem — even if it ultimately punted on its responsibility to get to the bottom of it once and for all. Today, the nation is […]

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PAFF: Featured Film Discussion Now Available on Bunche TV

PAFF: Featured Film Discussion Now Available on Bunche TV

May 26, 2016 – Now available on Bunche TV, the Bunche Center Images in Blackness Film Series discussion from February 2016 of short films from the Pan African Film Festival. Films being discussed include “Beyond the Passage,” “Fixed,” and “Girls Don’t Do That.” These films explore diversity in the entertainment industry and intersections of identity which will be further discussed […]

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Mary Barr Book Talk 2/29/16 Now Available on Bunche TV

Mary Barr Book Talk 2/29/16 Now Available on Bunche TV

May 24th, 2016 – Mary Barr discusses her book, Friends Disappear. Barr uses events from her youth to discuss educational opportunities based on race, and the inequality that exists then and now. The video presents her book talk and the discussion that followed. The edited video is now available on Bunche TV To view the talk, Click Here.

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Paul Von Blum Book Talk 1/28/16 Now Available on Bunche TV

Professor Paul Von Blum was among the many UCLA faculty members active in the Civil Rights Movement.

May 24th, 2016 – Paul Von Blum discusses his new book, Civil Rights For Beginners. His book explores the modern civil rights movement that African American freedom struggles helped to catalyze. The edited video is now available on Bunche TV To view the talk, Click Here.

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Tomorrow Beverly Daniel Tatum “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race 5/19 & 5/20

Tomorrow Beverly Daniel Tatum “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race 5/19 & 5/20

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UCLA Department of African American Studies Commencement 6/11

UCLA Department of African American Studies Commencement 6/11

May 16, 2016 – The UCLA African American Studies Department will celebrate their scholars’ successful completion of their program on June 11th, 2016. Commencement starts at 11:30 am at Lenart Auditorium located in the Fowler Museum. African American Studies students who wish to participate in the ceremony are recommended to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the commencement; […]

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John Cho Starring in Every Movie? Hollywood Diversity Report Findings Cited in New Social Media Campaign

John Cho Starring in Every Movie? Hollywood Diversity Report Findings Cited in New Social Media Campaign

(Photo credit 1: #Starringjohncho; Featured photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) May 12, 2016 – A new social media campaign which seeks to imagine what Hollywood blockbusters would look like if instead of having white leading men, acclaimed Korean-American actor John Cho starred instead. The campaign, which cites findings from the Bunche Center’s 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report, seeks to address the ongoing diversity […]

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Elevate Screening – Films by Steven Foley 5/13/16

Elevate Screening – Films by Steven Foley 5/13/16

Elevate is a student-run organization within the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) dedicated to giving voice and visibility to the diverse contributions of women and multicultural filmmakers, actors, theater practitioners and scholars. Elevate is committed to exposing the UCLA student body and the surrounding community to a wealth of creative stories and scholarly works authored or […]

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TODAY Finch Talks “Of Time & Sugar” – 5/12/16

TODAY Finch Talks “Of Time & Sugar” – 5/12/16

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Tony Awards Could Provide Historic Wins for Diverse Performers

Tony Awards Could Provide Historic Wins for Diverse Performers

(Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Nobby Clark) May 4, 2016 – If the Oscars showed the glaring lack of diversity in Hollywood, this year’s Tony Award nominations highlight the diversity on Broadway. In a season filled with diverse offerings on “The Great White Way,” the 2016 Tony Awards have the potential for the first time in Tony history, to award all four musical acting categories […]

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Pedro Noguera Book Talk Now Available on Bunche TV

Pedro Noguera Book Talk Now Available on Bunche TV

(image credit) May 4th, 2016 – Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA, Pedro Noguera, discussed his book Race, Equity, and Education in a recent talk at the UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies, sponsored by The Bunche Center Authors’ Series. Noguera’s book centers on research he has engaged in, including the social and economic factors that influence racial and educational disparities. Listen […]

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