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The BCC Library is located in room 219 of the Black Cultural Center and is Purdue's premiere source for knowledge about African American culture and experience. An ideal place for individual and group research, the library holds a special collection of over 7,000 books, journals, and media.
The Black Cultural Center Library and the West Lafayette Public Library are collaborating to bring a series of Virtual Book Clubs to Purdue students, faculty, and staff and to the greater communities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. All are welcome to participate! Free copies of each title are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can also check out any of these titles at the Black Cultural Center Library or the West Lafayette Public Library.
Join us this February in reading No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America for Black History Month. This memoir by writer & activist Darnell L. Moore has been called “an engaging meditation on identity and creativity.” Moore reflects on his experiences growing up poor, Black, & queer in New Jersey during the 80s and 90s. Recommended for readers 18+. Register at tinyurl.com/noashes1 & join us for our virtual book club discussions on Feb 4 & Feb 11 at 7pm. Free copies available while supplies last! More information on registration form.
Are Black & African American science fiction & fantasy on your to-read list for 2021? Join us in the second half of February as we discuss selections from multiple-award winning author N.K. Jemisin’s book How Long ‘til Black Future Month?. Pen America writes, “Jemisin's stories are discerning, thought-provoking, and beautifully crafted, showcasing a master at work." This virtual book club meets on February 16 & 25 at 7pm. Recommended for readers 18+. Register at tinyurl.com/howlongbook1 to participate. Free copies available while supplies last! More information on registration form.
Bestselling middle-grades book New Kid by Jerry Craft is a Coretta Scott King Award winner as well as the first graphic novel to win the Newberry Medal. Navigating middle school social drama and self-discovery is relatable for any young person, and this story deftly incorporates the additional experience of being both a new student and one of the few Black individuals in a nearly all-white private school. This virtual book club is recommended for readers in grades 4-8. We will meet March 16 & 19 at 3pm. Register at tinyurl.com/newkidbook1 to join us! More information on registration form.
As part of the Spring 2021 programming offered by the Black Cultural Center, BCC Librarian Ula Gaha continues to organize a series of virtual panels open for everyone to attend.
Each installment in the series is co-sponsored by PULSIS. All are welcome!
March 9, 2021 at 7pm EDT: Zoom link to follow
This virtual panel followed by Q & A featues speakers Maime Butler, Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology, CAPS staff therapist, and Black student liaison; Dr. David Rollock, Professor of Psychological Sciences, Clinical Psychology; and Meredith Stravers, Co-Founder of The Truth & Titus Collective. Join us for a discussion on mental health issues in the Black community including race related stress and mental trauma, healing, navigating mental healthcare spaces in the mainstream, Afrocentric interventions, and much more.
March 24 at 7pm EST: Zoom link to follow
Purdue University's Black Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, and LGBTQ Center are collaborating to bring you a virtual panel on the COVID-19 vaccines now available in the United States. Speakers will be discussing the cultural and historical events that inform peoples' perspectives on receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines. This discussion includes the history of medical experimentation on Black and Latinx peoples, and the government's response to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Panelists will also addres the tactics used by the LGBTQ community to inform and assist people during the 1980s and beyond; the Black and Latinx communities' cultural responses to systemic racism in healthcare; and present reliable information about the COVID-19 vaccines to help our audience make informed decisions. More information coming soon.
As part of the Fall 2020 programming offered by the Black Cultural Center, BCC Librarian Ula Gaha has organized a series of virtual panels open for everyone to attend.
The theme of this series is Healthcare Inequities Impacting the Black Community.
Each installment in the series is co-sponsored by PULSIS, the Purdue University Department of Public Health, and Purdue’s Center for Health Equity and Innovation (CHEqI).
Healthcare Inequities Impacting the Black Community
September 15, 2020 at 7pm EDT/Indianapolis time (Zoom link to follow)
COVID-19 and Healthcare Inequities Impacting the Black Community
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This panel discussion with a Q&A portion addresses systemic inequalities that disproportionately affect the Black community with the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will address topics including the heightened risk of contracting the coronavirus, to the lack of available testing and inequities Black people face when seeking healthcare related to COVID-19.
October 14, 2020 at 7pm EDT/Indianapolis time (Zoom links to follow)
Reproductive Health Care Inequities Impacting the Black Community
Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm EDT
This panel discussion with a Q&A portion addresses systemic inequalities that disproportionately impact the Black community around issues of reproductive health. Speakers will address topics that affect all genders, including experiences seeking reproductive healthcare such as regular check-ups, safe sex practices, pregnancy and perinatal care, childbirth, and postnatal care including the mental health of new parents.
November 16, 2020 at 7pm EDT/Indianapolis time (Zoom link to follow)
Healthcare Inequities in the Black LGBTQ Community
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This panel discussion with a Q&A addresses systemic inequalities that disproportionately impact the Black LGBTQ+ community and their healthcare needs. Speakers will address topics that affect all genders, including finding healthcare providers who work with LGBTQ+ patients, transitioning as a Black person, reproductive health, intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS related healthcare, and safe sex practices.
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