Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC)

The MXCC supports students identifying with the African Diaspora to build a deeper sense of community, promote cultural enrichment and cross cultural competency through collaborations that emphasize student development, leadership, and academic success. The programs we offer include community dialogues, film screenings, study nights, and annual celebrations of cultural traditions like Kwanzaa and Black History Month.

SPRING 2018 Programs

Staff Meetings - Meetings will be once per month on Thursdays.  This will be a separate meeting for each Center held on Thursdays that follows the first general staff meeting at Wilder Hall each month.


Success Coaching
Mondays 1:00-5:0 0pm

Study Hours
Thursdays 1:00-3:30  pm

BHM thumbnailsBlack Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5:30-7:30 pm
Amherst Room, Campus Center, 10th Floor

RSVP to on before February 21, 2018.

Black History Month is a dedicated to celebrating the contributions of African Americans and their influences on American History.  This year, the Malcolm x Cultural Center will host a Black Heritage Month Community Building dinner where students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate identitties and communities over tablle conversations.

 Lisa Ladas, '18 wrote  an article about the Black Heritage Month Community Building Dinner.  Please read here...


Cultural Appreciation Series:  Braids
Tuesday, March 6, 7-8:30
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This series seeks to encourage participants to identify respectful ways to appreciate culture by examining history and participating in the traditional way of engaging with culture that may be different from their own.

Le Tran published an article on the Cultural Appreciation Series:  Braids.  Please read here...





Afro-Braiding & Hair Cutting Contest
Friday, March 23, 5:30-9:00pm

Registration deadline:  March 2, 2018
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This annual cultural engagement program seeks to celebrate Afro hair braiding and cutting tradition/custom.  Participants will have 3 hours to work on models’ hair and present their designs to a panel of industry judges.

Contestants will be judged on creativity, subject matter, use of materials, technicality, and originality.

We are also seeking 3-5 hair braiders and 3-5 hair cutters (barbers) who are students of UMass and other schools in the Five College area! Students are highly encouraged to assume these roles!
During the competition, audience will enjoy participating in  trivia activities, and  watching films to learn about the history of hair braiding, hair care techniques, and products.  Refreshments provided.

Questions?  Text to  413-883-4219  (serious inquiries only), or @mxccumass on instagram .

Wei Cai, webwriter for the CMASS website wrote an article about the Afro Braiding & Hair Contest.  Please read here...




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.