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The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center is located at 275 N. Jordan Ave. The center celebrated its 50th anniversary last October.

50 years of ‘Power, Progress, and Promise’

at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center By Karen Cheng karcheng@iu.edu | @karencheng13

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center celebrated its 50th anniversary Oct. 13, 2019. The center’s 50th anniversary theme is “Power, Progress, and Promise.” Gloria Howell, the center’s associate director, said one of the goals of the 50th anniversary is to honor people who came before and made the existence of the center possible. The Neal-Marshall Black

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Culture Center provides academic and other resources, such as spaces for students to study and cultural programs, to support students and their success. The center welcomes first-year students with the Freshman Pinning Ceremony and honors black students graduating from IU with the Black Congratulatory Ceremony. The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, previously named the Black Culture Center, was established thanks to campus activism in the late 1960s.

Black student groups sent a document to the Faculty Council in 1969 outlining their goals to increase black faculty, admit more black students and introduce black studies programs. The document was approved and Herman Hudson became the first chair of Afro American Studies, which is now the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. Hudson created the black culture center, a facility that served the university’s teaching, research and service missions, while also working to

offer a positive environment for black students, faculty and staff, according to the center’s information guide. “We want to take into account how far we’ve come,” Howell said. Nancy Cross-Harris, a Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center staff member, said she has seen the growth of the center, and she feels joy that students today have more opportunities. “It was a struggle to get,” Cross-Harris said. The Neal-Marshall Black

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