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IU celebrates 40 years of black culture center

Bloomington - A center for black culture at Indiana University's Bloomington campus will celebrate its 40th anniversary Thursday with tours, an art exhibit and a dinner.
/ Source: WTHR-TV

Bloomington - A center for black culture at Indiana University's Bloomington campus will celebrate its 40th anniversary Thursday with tours, an art exhibit and a dinner.

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center was created amid the campus activism in the late 1960s. In 1969, the first chair of Afro-American Studies created the center, known at the time as the "Black House." The late Herman Hudson said in a 2001 interview that the center acted as a home away from home for students.

The center moved into a new facility in 2001. Center director Audrey McCluskey says many black students are more integrated into overall campus life today than in 1969, but that the center is still a place for students to gather and appreciate a diverse community.

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