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 […]continue reading
2015-2016 In many ways, we live in more complicated times today than we did 50 years ago, when the Watts Rebellion erupted. Then, officialdom at least acknowledged that the nation had a race and poverty problem — even if it ultimately punted on its responsibility to get to the bottom of it once and for all. Today, the nation is […]
July 18, 2016 – In the wake of the recent police officer-involved violence sweeping the nation, the Los Angeles Times featured a column by Robin Abcarian about Cheryl Dorsey, an African American woman who is a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and belongs to a new group, the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform and […]
July 18, 2016 – A message from Interim Vice Chancellor, UCLA Student Affairs, Monroe Gorden, Jr., J.D.: Sadly, last week the nation witnessed another wave of senseless violence that resulted in the deaths of 7 African American and Latino people, and 8 police officers. Many are feeling a profound sense of grief, anger, and disorientation following these events. As people […]
July 7, 2016 – Kirsten West Savali, cultural critic and an associate editor at The Root, comments on the shooting of Alton Sterling, yet another in a long list of names of black men shot by police. To read the story, Click Here.
June 26, 2016 — Actor Jesse Williams, known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, levels a pointed critique of American racism as he accepts BET’s Humanitarian Award for his work with Black Lives Matter. To read a transcript of the speech in its entirety, Click Here.
June 23, 2016 -Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, upholding the University of Texas’ affirmative action program, and determining that using race as a factor in the admissions process to achieve greater diversity is constitutional. The ruling also finds that affirmative action is necessary and appropriate for creating diversity and sets reasonable standards […]
July 21, 2016 – In two new webisodes by #FastForward, EBONY.com and the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) talk with influential entertainment stakeholders about Hollywood’s diversity crisis. To read the article and view the webisodes, Click Here. As part of the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, the Center is collaborating with Hollywood industry players to produce the Hollywood Diversity […]
June 21, 2016 –Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, and Bunche Center affiliated faculty member discusses the late Cedric J. Robinson, in his piece, “The Making of a Black Radical Intellectual,” on counterpunch.org. To read the story, Click Here. (Photo Credit: Ruthie Wilson Gilmore)
June 17, 2016 — Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discusses the role tax incentives could play in addressing Hollywood’s diversity problem on KPCC’s “AirTalk,” guest hosted by Patt Morrison. You can listen to the segment HERE. To download the Bunche Center’s 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report, please click HERE.
June 13, 2016 –Professor Tyrone Howard is Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Black Male Institute, and a Bunche Center affiliated faculty member. The video documents his book talk, Black Male(d):Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males. The edited video is now available on Bunche TV To view the talk, Click […]
June 8, 2016 – When she officially steps down as vice provost of the Institute of American Cultures (IAC) on July 1, 2016, M. Belinda Tucker can be satisfied that her 5-year tenure helped re-envision and broaden the focus and mission of UCLA’s ethnic studies research centers – the Asian American Studies Center, the American Indian Studies Center, the Ralph […]