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 1:00-9:00pm Monday through Thursday.

Spring 2019 Calendar of Activities

Study Hours for Finals Week:

MXCC will maintain 1-9 pm study hours during finals week.

Success Coaching
1-5 pm

black cultureBlack Culture & Music
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Malcolm X Cultural Center

From blues and jazz to rock and roll and on to hip hop, when it comes to understanding the power of black artists in the American musical landscape, there is certainly no shortage of icons from which to choose from. In fact, it is impossible to discuss the history of American music without examining the origins and impact of Black music. For consumers of music today, the overarching influence of Black music is palpable in every chord and lyric. 

MXCC will be hosting their Cultural Appreciation event  featuring Black Culture and Music and invites you to  come, learn and listen about the true pioneers of today’s music and engage in discussion and  activities.

I am not your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro
March 20, 2019
Malcolm X Cultural Center

II Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a rdical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson.  The film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assasinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  to explore and present a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

 In conjunction with the film, we will have an engaging dialogue with our distinguished UMASS faculty members who will share their perspectives on Baldwin’s relevance today as well as, their connection and relationship with him during his tenure at UMASS. Bring your friends to enjoy popcorn, meaningful dialogue with your peers and our distinguished UMASS faculty panel from  Prof: John Bracey, Prof: Judyie Al-Bilali to  Mr. Sidonio Ferreira. 
This event is free and open to the public.

braids4th Annual Afro Hair Braiding Contest
Friday, March 22, 2019
Malcolm X Cultural Center

The 4th Annual Afro Hair Braiding Contest is SEEKING CONTESTANTS for this competition.  If you can create a unique braided hairstyle in 3 1/2 hours, REGISTER by March 11, 2019.  Questions?  Send an email to or DM @mxccumass via Instagram.

The event will take place on March 22. This co-curricular activity will engage students, faculty and members of the Five College community in the celebration of the ancestral art of Afro-diasporic braiding. The Afro Hair Braiding contest is  a fun and colorful event.  It is  designed to also educate and promote respect with regards to the history of Afro-diasporic across the Americas, as well as the aesthetic process embedded in this long tradition.  Prizes will be awarded to the best brading creations!


Slavery in the Valley: Presentation by Steve Strimer
Malcolm X Cultural Center
Feb. 20, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join the Malcolm X Cultural Center for "Salvery in the Valley: Impact of Slavery on Western Mass, Florence, Northampton, Mass." A talk and media presentation will be given by Steve Strimer, director of the David Ruggles Center. Learn about: the Underground Railroad, Florence (as a destination for fugitive slaves and the silk industry that employed them), Sojourner Truth (who resided in Florence, Mass.), Florence which during the early 19th century was the center of activity in Florence and area where many Black persons resided and found employment, and Abolitionist David Ruggles.


Walking Tour of Slavery Flyer

Walking Tour of Slavery in Florence
Haigis Mall - Florence, Mass.
Feb. 23, 2019
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In celebration of Black Heritage Month, the Malcolm X Cultural Center is hosting a guided, walking tour to learn about the history of slavery and its impact locally in Florence (Northampton), Mass. Read more and view itinerary

Success Coaching Mondays, 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m.

Afro-Am 197B "A Taste of Honey: Black Classic Movie Appreciation" Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m.

MXCC Black Heritage Month Community Building Dinner Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:30-8 p.m. Amherst Room, Campus Center

A dinner gathering of students, faculty and staff where they engage in conversations on building a strong community. RSVP to Trinity Monteiro at on or before February 15, 2019.


Cultural Appreciation: Black Culture and Music Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7-8:30 p.m. Malcolm X Cultural Center From blues and jazz to rock and roll and hip hop, black artists have been a major influence in American music all throughout history. Come and learn about the true pioneers of today's music and engage in discussion and activities.



Fall 2018 Calendar of Activities

A Kwanzaa Get Together 2018

Wednesday, December 12
6-8:30 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center

Join us  in celebrating this occasion with food, drinks, music, games, community dialogues and resource sharing .  This is an opportune time to engage in conversations with CCPH, Harambee, RSOs, and ResLife around the relevance of the Kwanzaa principles in building Community.

Everyone’s welcome! Refreshments provided!

queerQueer Black Feminist Conference & Krudas Cubensi Concert
Thursday, October 18, 2019
1-5 pm
Cape Cod Lounge
Student Union

The Krudas Cubensi concert and conference will discuss the contributions and challenges of queer movements, Afroveganism and Black Feminism in the lives of Black communities in the U.S., the Caribbean and South America. The conference will be followed by a facilitated conversation between the audience and the members of the panel in which a nurtured debate is expected on themes of systemic oppression and strategies of resistance.

Culture and Leadership 2018
Oct. 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7
6:30-8 p.m.
MalcolmX Cultural Center

Let's dialogue on intersecting values of culture and leadership across the African Diaspora. You are invited to engage in this seven week series of conversations to build stronger communities of peers and leaders. Refreshments provided. 


mxcc open house thumbnailOpen House
Monday, September 17
Fun, munch and mingle.
Come and meet the staff and find out what they have in store for you this fall semester.  Everyone's welcome!


Success Coaching

Mondays - starting September 10
Walk in to plan for your student success.

Study Hours
Tuesdays & Finals Week
Bring your books;  we provide the snacks and motivation

Intersection of Culture and Leadership
4 discussions to strengthen the leader in you
Dates:  October 3, October 24, 31 and November 7

Student Scholar
Last Thursday of the month
Showcase cultural influence in your scholarship and talents
Dates: September 27, October 23 & November 13


paint partyExpressions:  Paint and Chips
Friday, September 28, 2018
Malcolm X Cultural Center
Berkshire DC - Lower Level

Celebrate culture through painting.  This program is open to all skill levels.

This event will feature a live artist, great music and refreshments.  The event will focus on inclusion and bringing a sense of community to our campus,

Participants, please register at





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.