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About the Library

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. 

Spring 2021 Programming: Virtual Book Clubs 

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. 

​Spring 2021 Programming: Healthcare Inequities Impacting the Black Community 

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!

Installment 1
March 9, 2021 at 7pm EDT

Mental Healthcare & the Black Community - Conversations on Black Health & Wellness: It's Where the Healing Resides
 

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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.

Installment 2
March 24 at 7pm EST: Zoom link to follow

We've Been Here Before: Addressing Skepticism of the COVID-19 Vaccines in Underrepresented Populations
 

This event was a collaboration among the Black Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, and the LGBTQ Center at Purdue University. It was co-sponsored by PULSIS. Panelists: Daniel López-Cevallos, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Latinx Studies, Ethnic Studies & Health Equity, and Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Oregon State University; Charles E. Sanders, Jr., MD, FACP, Purdue College of Pharmacy graduate and Director, Board of Directors, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH. Becky Good, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at Purdue University School of Nursing. Moderator: Nastasha E Johnson, Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Library Science.

 

Fall 2020 Programming: Healthcare Inequities Impacting the Black Community

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
Installment 1
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.
Panelists:

  • Brian Williams, MD, FACS Associate Professor, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Sonak Pastakia, Professor of Pharmacy Practice Pharmacist, Indiana University Kenya Partnership
  • Natalia M. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Purdue University Department of Public Health (moderator) 

Installment 2
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

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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.

Panelists: 

  • LaKimba DeSadier, Indiana State Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky (PPAINK) and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK).
  • Amanda Lamm, Leadership Development Coordinator, National Network of Abortion Funds
  • Dr. Velvet G. Miller, Ryan Program Manager at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Wanda Savala, Regional Campaigns Manager for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (moderator)

Installment 3
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.
Panelists: 

  • Darrin K. Johnson, PhD, MPA, Executive Director Brothers United Inc. (BU Wellness, Indianapolis)
  • Rana Snipe Berry, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine and Provider at Eskenazi Health Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Hannah Locke, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Contact Information

Email

bcclibrary@purdue.edu

Phone

(765) 496-6660

Physical Address

Black Cultural Center - Library 1100 Third Street West Lafayette, IN 47906

Mailing Address

Black Cultural Center - Library 1100 Third Street West Lafayette, IN 47906