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Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center 50th Anniversary
March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
About this Event
For the past 50 years, The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center has played an integral role in Western Illinois University’s history, growth, and success. Initially, the Center was established in response to a student protest, which voiced the concerns of African American students at the time. Originally, called the “Black House,” since 1969, the GBCC has been committed to academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility, to the Western Illinois community and the world.
Rededicated in 1970 as the first landmark named after the poet, author, and educator, Gwendolyn Brooks, the cultural center has hosted influential leaders such as Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Issac Hayes, and Nikki Giovanni. Since then, the search continues for new and iconic leaders to engage in critical discussions which center the African diaspora.
On March 23, 2019, we invite you to a black-tie gala dinner with our keynote speaker, Dr.Billye Sankofa Waters.