Thirty years ago, three black student leaders began having a discussion with then President, Dr. Angelo Volpe, to find a place for them to have support for one another and programming. The Black Cultural Center was established in 1989, opening its doors officially in August of 1990. In the spring of 1996, black students and staff voted to rename the Cultural Center after Leona Lusk Officer, the first black graduate of Tennessee Tech. She graduated from Tech in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Thirty years of support, education, networking, and celebration.

During this pandemic era, we are not going to let that stop us from celebrating. For the Fall 2020 semester, we hope you join us for virtual programming, discussions, and events. We hope to be able to celebrate in-person this spring. Check out our BCC 30th Anniversary website for more details!