LAPD Vet Says, “…people are tired of talking…We want some action. We want accountability.”

LAPD Vet Says, “…people are tired of talking…We want some action. We want accountability.”

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 […]

This Time, His Name Was Alton Sterling

This Time, His Name Was Alton Sterling

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.

Actor Jesse Williams Slams U.S. Racism

Actor Jesse Williams Slams U.S. Racism

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.      

Kelley Discusses the Late Cedric J. Robinson

Kelley Discusses the Late Cedric J. Robinson

  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)

Hunt Discusses Tax Incentives and Hollywood Diversity

Hunt Discusses Tax Incentives and Hollywood Diversity

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.


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

Hollywood Reps Talk the Browning of the Big and Small Screen

Hollywood Reps Talk the Browning of the Big and Small Screen

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 […]

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Diversity Issues

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

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 […]

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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

Current Newsletter

Current Newsletter

 Check out the current issue of the Bunche Center News! DOWNLOAD – Bunche Center Newsletter – June-July2016  

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A Message from the Director

A Message from the Director

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 […]

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LAPD Vet Says, “…people are tired of talking…We want some action. We want accountability.”

LAPD Vet Says, “…people are tired of talking…We want some action. We want accountability.”

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 […]

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UCLA Community Gathering to Discuss National Unrest 7/19/16 at Noon

UCLA Community Gathering to Discuss National Unrest 7/19/16 at Noon

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 […]

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This Time, His Name Was Alton Sterling

This Time, His Name Was Alton Sterling

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.

read more

Actor Jesse Williams Slams U.S. Racism

Actor Jesse Williams Slams U.S. Racism

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.      

read more

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

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 […]

read more

Hollywood Reps Talk the Browning of the Big and Small Screen

Hollywood Reps Talk the Browning of the Big and Small Screen

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 […]

read more

Kelley Discusses the Late Cedric J. Robinson

Kelley Discusses the Late Cedric J. Robinson

  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)

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Hunt Discusses Tax Incentives and Hollywood Diversity

Hunt Discusses Tax Incentives and Hollywood Diversity

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.

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Now Available on Bunche TV – Tyrone Howard Black Male(d)

Now Available on Bunche TV – Tyrone Howard Black Male(d)

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 […]

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As Inaugural Tenure Ends, Vice Provost Tucker Reflects on Work Leading the IAC

As Inaugural Tenure Ends, Vice Provost Tucker Reflects on Work Leading the IAC

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 […]

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