City of Inmates Book Talk and Signing with Kelly Lytle Hernandez on Tuesday, October 24

City of Inmates Book Talk and Signing with Kelly Lytle Hernandez on Tuesday, October 24

CITY OF INMATES BOOK TALK AND SIGNING WITH KELLY LYTLE HERNÁNDEZ  Tuesday, Cctober 24th, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm @ UCLA Ackerman Student Union Bruin Viewpoint Room RSVP Link – http://bit.ly/2ffr5kE  Featuring discussants GAYE THERESA JOHNSON, Professor, Departments of Chicana/o Studies and African American Studies, and MANUEL CRIOLLO, The Labor/Community Strategy Center   To download the flyer, click here. 

UCLA Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception on Thursday, November 2, 2017

UCLA Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Join us in honoring the 2017-2018 IAC Visiting Scholars,Graduate & Predoctoral Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees! Thursday, November 2nd 4:00PM to 6:30PM UCLA James West Alumni Center RSVP Link – http://bit.ly/2gq1qWV To download the flyer, click here.

“New leader of Bunche Center at UCLA shines spotlight on justice, employment for African-Americans”

“New leader of Bunche Center at UCLA shines spotlight on justice, employment for African-Americans”

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA is under new leadership for the first time in 16 years with the appointment of history professor Kelly Lytle-Hernández as interim director. Under her direction, the center will focus on supporting research that centers around two critical themes of life and struggle in the modern black world — work […]

Bunche Center Authors’ Series Presents Khary Lazarre-White Oct 16

Bunche Center Authors’ Series Presents Khary Lazarre-White Oct 16

SAVE THE DATE! On Monday, October 16, 2017, Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director and co-founder of The Brotherhood/ Sister Sol, will talk about his novel, Passage, which tells the story of a young black man in Harlem and Brooklyn in 1993. Pedro Noguera, UCLA Professor of Education, and Khary Lazarre-White will discuss their work with The Brotherhood/ Sister Sol. The event is […]

The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Today

The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Today

Save the date! On Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 4 PM at the UCLA Faculty Center, Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History and Afro-American and African Studies at University of Michigan, will discuss her Pulitzer Prize winning book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy. RSVP required due to limited seating – RSVP link […]


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.   [slideshow_deploy id=’5672′]   The Bunche Center is the result of the struggle by black […]

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Race and Hollywood

NEW:  2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

NEW: 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

NOW AVAILABLE! 2017 HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY REPORT: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT To download the full report, please CLICK HERE. The Bunche Center released its fourth annual Hollywood Diversity Report examining diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. To read the UCLA Newsroom story, Click Here. To view a UCLA Optimists discussion with the authors, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche […]

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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

A Message from the Director

A Message from the Director

2016-2017 In 1968, UCLA students championed a proposal to create a Center for Afro-American History and Culture on the largely white, Westwood campus.  “From the very beginning of American history,” the proposal began, “Afro-Americans have formed an economically, socially, and culturally significant part of America.  Despite the obvious importance of Afro-Americans,” the proposal continued, “neither the public at large nor […]

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City of Inmates Book Talk and Signing with Kelly Lytle Hernandez on Tuesday, October 24

City of Inmates Book Talk and Signing with Kelly Lytle Hernandez on Tuesday, October 24

CITY OF INMATES BOOK TALK AND SIGNING WITH KELLY LYTLE HERNÁNDEZ  Tuesday, Cctober 24th, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm @ UCLA Ackerman Student Union Bruin Viewpoint Room RSVP Link – http://bit.ly/2ffr5kE  Featuring discussants GAYE THERESA JOHNSON, Professor, Departments of Chicana/o Studies and African American Studies, and MANUEL CRIOLLO, The Labor/Community Strategy Center   To download the flyer, click here. 

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UCLA Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception on Thursday, November 2, 2017

UCLA Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Join us in honoring the 2017-2018 IAC Visiting Scholars,Graduate & Predoctoral Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees! Thursday, November 2nd 4:00PM to 6:30PM UCLA James West Alumni Center RSVP Link – http://bit.ly/2gq1qWV To download the flyer, click here.

read more

“New leader of Bunche Center at UCLA shines spotlight on justice, employment for African-Americans”

“New leader of Bunche Center at UCLA shines spotlight on justice, employment for African-Americans”

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA is under new leadership for the first time in 16 years with the appointment of history professor Kelly Lytle-Hernández as interim director. Under her direction, the center will focus on supporting research that centers around two critical themes of life and struggle in the modern black world — work […]

read more

Bunche Center Authors’ Series Presents Khary Lazarre-White Oct 16

Bunche Center Authors’ Series Presents Khary Lazarre-White Oct 16

SAVE THE DATE! On Monday, October 16, 2017, Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director and co-founder of The Brotherhood/ Sister Sol, will talk about his novel, Passage, which tells the story of a young black man in Harlem and Brooklyn in 1993. Pedro Noguera, UCLA Professor of Education, and Khary Lazarre-White will discuss their work with The Brotherhood/ Sister Sol. The event is […]

read more

The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Today

The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Today

Save the date! On Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 4 PM at the UCLA Faculty Center, Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History and Afro-American and African Studies at University of Michigan, will discuss her Pulitzer Prize winning book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy. RSVP required due to limited seating – RSVP link […]

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September 2017 Bunche Center Newsletter

September 2017 Bunche Center Newsletter

The September 2017 Bunche Center newsletter is now available! Stay up to date with the latest Bunche Center news and announcements.   To download the newsletter, click here or click on the image below.  

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Congratulations to BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez for Emmy nomination

Congratulations to BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez for Emmy nomination

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. Directors/ producers include Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, and featured artists are Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Questlove, Jessica Care Moore, Ursula Rucker, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Haki R. Madhubuti and Bryonn Bain. Sonia Sanchez is a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts […]

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CAAM exhibition “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films” open

CAAM exhibition “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films” open

The California African American Museum, in collaboration with the UCLA Digital Humanities Department, present “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films.” According to the KCET article, “Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood Take Center Stage at CAAM,” “It [the exhibition] reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color that major […]

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“‘Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker”

“‘Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker”

In a Los Angeles Times article, “Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker,” director Jon Watts discussed how he sought a diverse cast to reflect the true diversity of New York. According to Watts, “We thought if we made it that kind of school, then you were going to have a […]

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“Hawaii Five-0 Shakeup Shows Hollywood Diversity Is About Pay and Numbers”

“Hawaii Five-0 Shakeup Shows Hollywood Diversity Is About Pay and Numbers”

Asian-American actors, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, will not be returning for another season of “Hawaii Five-0” due to unequal pay with their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Kim and Park have been principal characters on the show since it aired in 2010. Regarding his departure, Kim posted on Facebook, “The path to equality is rarely easy. […]

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