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Our History

black and white photo of students talking from 1973

Swarthmore's Black Cultural Center was born in much the same way as many cultural Centers around the country, through student protest and struggle. The call for the BCC was part of a host of demands made by Black student activists, who also requested greater numbers of Black faculty, staff and students. To continue this legacy, the center fully welcomes students from all experiences and will support them and their efforts to thrive at Swarthmore. Students will be encouraged to explore the complexities of their identity, their connections to members of the Black community, both locally and globally, and to learn how to live productively after Swarthmore.