Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC)

mxccBrief History:

The Malcolm X Cultural Center was established in 1971 as the Malcolm X Room in a room below Berksire Dining Hall to provide space for social gathering, education through courses and speaker series, and political engagement for Black students through the Black Caucus.  The Malcolm X Room served an important role in the social wellbeing of Black students at a time when Universities across the nation were opening their doors to students of color but were not equipped to support their transition to college.

Redacted from Early Beginnings of the Cultural Center by Ethan Bakuli, Cultural Center Fellow, spring 2018.

Hours of Operation:
The Malcolm X Cultural Center is open from 1-9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

 

Fall 2019 Calendar of Events

 

Open House: Malcolm X Cultural Center
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6pm
Malcolm X Cultural Center

Come and check out the Malcolm X Cultural Center. Meet our staff and learn about the cultural programming that they have prepared for the fall semester. Refreshments provided!

 

Success Coaching
Mondays starting September 16, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center

Come in to create your plan to successfully reach your academic and personal goals.

 

Study Hours
Tuesdays starting September 16, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center

Bring your interest, motivation, and enthusiasm; we provide snacks and s afe and comfortable place to study!

 

Student Scholar Series
September 29; October 28; November 29, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center

This program’s purpose is to present how cultural traditions inform and influence academic work. Students are invited to present class research project (academic research) and/or perform a talent. To sign up to perform at this event, students can contact MXCC at: mxcc@sacl.umass.edu

 

Culture and Leadership Workshop
October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center

Culture influences leadership practices. Through this four-week program, facilitator/s and invited guest hosts will engage students in examining each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa and show how those principles might influence the participants’ decisions as leaders, students, and members of the community

 

Festival of Diasporic Holidays
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center

The objective of this program is to showcase the diverse cultural celebrations (traditions) that exist among the many peoples within the African Diaspora inclusive of celebrations practiced by the diverse student population at UMass. Two RSO/Student Clubs will be identified and invited to present the different ways they celebrate “Festivals of Diasporic Holidays” focusing on festivals that take place in December (Christmas, and KWANZAA)

 

Paint Party
Friday, October 18, 2019
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center

The Paint Party is a celebration of an aspect of African American culture. Students will take part in a paint party that focuses on the expression of their culture in a creative way. Participants will enjoy being surrounded by their cultural music adding to the ambiance of the place and heighten their creative spirit! This event brings joy and unity to our community through culture expression.

 

Cultural Movie Nights
September 13; October 4, 25; November 15; December 6
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Malcom X Cultural Center

Series of movies popular with the Black community that could be old or new so long as they depict a piece or pieces of our history and students can learn and enjoy them. This event will bring people of our diaspora together in a safe space to share memories and moments that are common to us.

 

Study Abroad Workshop and Discussion @ MXCC
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This event seeks to provide interested students intending to further their studies overseas with information that is vital in getting them started in this endeavor. Come and listen to a student panel comprised of students who have studied abroad and hear about their experience inclusive of concerns that they encountered while studying abroad.  

Meet counselors from the International Programs Office (IPO) and get clarifications/answers to some of your travel concerns. Learn possible resources that students could use for this initiative. Learn about opportunities for funding, scholarships and financial aid! 

 

Spring 2020 Calendar of Events

 

Paint Party
Friday, February 14, 2020
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center

The Paint Party is a celebration of an aspect of African American culture. Students will take part in a paint party that focuses on the expression of their culture in a creative way. Participants will enjoy being surrounded by their cultural music adding to the ambiance of the place and heighten their creative spirit! This event brings joy and unity to our community through culture expression.
 

Black Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
February 27, 2020
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Amherst Room, Campus Center 

In celebration of Black History Month, students and staff  are invited to dine together and identify common values that builds and strengthen community.

 

Note: The center is closed during the summer and winter intersessions. If you need to reach someone during this time, call the main number, (413) 545-2517.