California State University, Northridge students, faculty and community members gathered Nov. 2 to celebrate the reopening of the CSUN Black House, located on Halstead Street in Northridge.
Theresa White, Department of Africana Studies chair; Yi Li, provost and vice president for academic affairs, William Watkins, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and the Black House coordinators led the ribbon-cutting ceremony with remarks, a toast and a red carpet welcome to officially reopen the home, as visitors anxiously waited.
“There are going to be so many things happening in this house, but of course culture,” said White. “Black culture is one of the most important things we can offer.”
The renovated Black House serves as the headquarters for the university’s Black Student Union (BSU), as well as other CSUN black organizations. The newly renovated 3,000-square-foot facility was originally granted to the students of the BSU, along with the Department of Pan African Studies (now Africana Studies) in 1992. The first CSUN Black House opened in the 1970s as a response to the growing population of black students attending the university, who yearned for a place of community that reflected their culture.
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