Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

September 9, 2014 – Gerald Wilson, a jazz great whose career as a performer, composer, bandleader, and teacher spanned the generations, died at his home on Monday, September 8th, 2014, at the age of 96.  Wilson served as an adjunct assistant professor in UCLA’s department of ethnomusicology.  For several years, the Bunche Center presented an award in Gerald Wilson’s name, […]

Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception 11/18/14

Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception 11/18/14

Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception In honor of the 2014-2015 IAC Visiting Researchers and Scholars, Graduate & Predoctoral Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm UCLA Faculty Center, California Room CONVERSATIONS WITH THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN CULTURES VISITING RESEARCHERS AND SCHOLARS   Ernesto Chavez, Ph.D.                                Nicholas Rosenthal, Ph.D.                University […]

7th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium – 10/2 to 10/4

7th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium – 10/2 to 10/4

You are invited to the upcoming Seventh Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium, Whiteness as Property: A Twenty-Year Appraisal on October 2nd to 4th at UCLA School of Law, celebrating one of the seminal texts of Critical Race Theory written by Professor Cheryl I. Harris. In 1993, the Harvard Law Review published the groundbreaking article, and over the past two decades, […]

John Densmore Book Talk Now on Video

John Densmore Book Talk Now on Video

John Densmore Book Talk on Video The Doors Unhinged – A Bunche Center Authors’ Series Event   In May, 2014, drummer John Densmore, an original and founding member of the famed rock group, The Doors, held a book talk as part of the Bunche Center Authors’ Series. Densmore read passages from his book while drumming and delighted audience members, who […]

RSVP for the 2014 Black Convocation

RSVP for the 2014 Black Convocation

Start the year off right by making sure you’re in the loop.  The 2014 Black Convocation is the one event you don’t want to miss!   RSVP for the 2014 BLACK CONVOCATION Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Reception 5:00pm – 6:00pm Convocation 6:15pm – 7:30pm Haines 220 To RSVP, Click Here The Black Convocation is an annual event which welcomes new and […]


History & Mission

Bunche Center Mural (1970)

History & Mission

    The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), was renamed after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche in 2003, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth.     The Bunche Center is the result of the struggle by black students at […]

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Race and Hollywood

Hunt On ABC’s New Diverse Comedies

Hunt On ABC’s New Diverse Comedies

August 29, 2014 — Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discusses ABC’s new diverse situation comedies with The Wrap.  At issue is the increasing diversity of American audiences and what this will mean for television programming and the bottom line.  Click HERE for the article and HERE for the Bunche Center’s 2014 Hollywood Diversity Report:  Making Sense of the Disconnect.

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Diversity Issues

Court Rules University of Texas Can Use Race as Factor in Admissions

Court Rules University of Texas Can Use Race as Factor in Admissions

July 16, 2014 – Acting on a lawsuit that the U.S. Supreme Court had sent back last year, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that considering race boosted the university’s efforts to assemble a diverse student body. The decision is the lastest development in the suit brought by Abigail Fisher, who sued the University of […]

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Black Los Angeles

Black Los Angeles Project

Black Los Angeles Project

July 6, 2012 — The Los Angeles Times features a story on the major renovation of a Black Los Angeles landmark, the Dunbar Hotel.  You can access the story by clicking HERE.  A fuller discussion of Los Angeles’s historic Crenshaw Corridor is presented in Chapter 2 of the Bunche Center’s edited volume Black Los Angeles:  American Dreams and Racial Realities. ——————- […]

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Recent Posts

A Message from the Director

A Message from the Director

2014-2015 The academic year 2014-15 is significant for a number of reasons. Not only does it mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 45th anniversary of the Bunche Center’s founding, but it also features key anniversaries for some important entertainment milestones associated with the Center’s most recent research initiative, the Race and Hollywood Project. One […]

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Current Newsletter

Current Newsletter

Check out the current issue of the Bunche Center News! DOWNLOAD Bunche Center Newsletter – August-September 2014

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Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

September 9, 2014 – Gerald Wilson, a jazz great whose career as a performer, composer, bandleader, and teacher spanned the generations, died at his home on Monday, September 8th, 2014, at the age of 96.  Wilson served as an adjunct assistant professor in UCLA’s department of ethnomusicology.  For several years, the Bunche Center presented an award in Gerald Wilson’s name, […]

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School Named in Honor of L.A.’s First African American High School Principal

School Named in Honor of L.A.’s First African American High School Principal

          Green Dot Public Schools will name one of its schools in honor of James B. Taylor. Taylor is a lifelong educator who went on to become the first African American high school principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and later to be Deputy Superintendent of LAUSD, the district’s second highest position. The dedication […]

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Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception 11/18/14

Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception 11/18/14

Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception In honor of the 2014-2015 IAC Visiting Researchers and Scholars, Graduate & Predoctoral Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm UCLA Faculty Center, California Room CONVERSATIONS WITH THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN CULTURES VISITING RESEARCHERS AND SCHOLARS   Ernesto Chavez, Ph.D.                                Nicholas Rosenthal, Ph.D.                University […]

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7th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium – 10/2 to 10/4

7th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium – 10/2 to 10/4

You are invited to the upcoming Seventh Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium, Whiteness as Property: A Twenty-Year Appraisal on October 2nd to 4th at UCLA School of Law, celebrating one of the seminal texts of Critical Race Theory written by Professor Cheryl I. Harris. In 1993, the Harvard Law Review published the groundbreaking article, and over the past two decades, […]

read more

John Densmore Book Talk Now on Video

John Densmore Book Talk Now on Video

John Densmore Book Talk on Video The Doors Unhinged – A Bunche Center Authors’ Series Event   In May, 2014, drummer John Densmore, an original and founding member of the famed rock group, The Doors, held a book talk as part of the Bunche Center Authors’ Series. Densmore read passages from his book while drumming and delighted audience members, who […]

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