B l a c k C u l t u r a l
C e n t e r
Applications to fill the two free rooms in the black house in the fall
are due by April 30, 1998!!!
Origins of Black House
In the school year of '71-'72, 41 9th Street Troy New York was allocated
to the RPI Student Union, for an indefinite period of time, to be used
as a Black Cultural Center or "Black House" as the minority students
of RPI affectionately call it. This deal was outlined in several documnets-spefically
the original agreements made around 1972-1973. The RPI Union initially
financed necessary safety changes and renovations to the property. This
worked totalled $18,000 and was planned with the assistance of the RPI
Business Affairs Office. This amount was then amortized by the rental
of approximately four student dormitory spaces over the course of ten year.
Rental rates were tied to the rates for comparable Institute housing. As
an annex to the RPI Union facilities, the Union was responsible for the
policy and procedure concerning the buildings specific use. The union was
also responsible for the optional improvements as well as normal housekeeping
and abnormal damages. Normal maintenance, heat, utilities, and liability/fire
insurance were provided under normal Institute procedure. The Union recognized
that all Institute facilities were subject to relocation in terms of overall
needs. The Institute agreed to make reasonable effort to secure comparable
facilities had it been necessary to relocate the facility for other use,
By 1981, $18,000 was paid back to the RPI Union and the current Memorandum
of Understanding had expired.
The purpose of the Black Cultural Center is to provide an expression of
the black identify and a sense of the black cultural experience both in
living and through art and history. The center also functions as a place
for both blacks and non-blacks to come together and learn more about African-American
culture and the black experience. The center will provide a focal point
and establish a common ground between black culture and other cultures
on campus. The BCC will serve as a place of assembly, study, recreation.
As such, the center will be an area in which black students can feel at
home and with which they can identify. This shall provide an outlet from
pressures of being black on a predominantly white campus.
Want to Know How To Get To The Black House????
Black Cultural Center
41 9th Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276 - 5925
Current Facilities Coordinator:
Robert Cook '98
28,1998 - Closing Black History Month Cerimonies/Lock Down 6:00pm
- Until Next Day
April 3, 1998 - SAGE
Party @ BCC 10:00pm until?
April 11, 1998 - Mentor/Mentee "Movie Night" 7:pm
April 25, 1998 - Basement clean up 11:00am till 4:00pm
-SHPE OutReach party 10:00pm till 2:00am
May 1, 1998 - BSA party @ BCC
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