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Founders of Kinsey Collection Host SHI

Founders of Kinsey Collection Host SHI

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, founders of the renowned Kinsey Collection of African American art and memorabilia, recently hosted the Bunche Center’s Summer Humanities Institute (SHI) at their oceanside home in Los Angeles.  The ten SHI students for 2012 came from historically black colleges and universities such as Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Tuskegee University in order to participate […]

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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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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

June 28, 2012 — Surprising many, Bush-appointee and Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court today to uphold President Obama’s universal healthcare law.  The Court voted 5 to 4 to uphold even the most controversial part of the law that requires every individual to have insurance or pay additional taxes to the IRS.  When most of […]

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Famed Painter of Bunche Portrait, Leroy Neiman, Dies

Famed Painter of Bunche Portrait, Leroy Neiman, Dies

LeRoy Neiman, an iconic American artist known as much for his trademark handlebar mustache as he was for his colorful, impressionistic portrayals of the world’s top sporting events and athletes, died in New York on Wednesday, June 20th at the age of 91.  The cause of death is believed to be natural causes. In October, 2003, Neiman donated a portrait […]

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Rodney King Dead at 47

Rodney King Dead at 47

Rodney King, the African American motorist whose 1991 beating by Los Angeles police sparked a rebellion after the four white officers involved in the attack were acquitted, was found dead in his swimming pool on Sunday, June 17th.  Authorities are investigating, but believe it was an accidental drowning, citing no signs of foul play.  King, 47, was found by his fiancée, […]

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Race and Hollywood Project: Background

The Hollywood entertainment industry is clearly big business.  In 2010, domestic box office figures topped $10 billion, while 2011 television ad revenue was expected to reach a record $68 billion.  But Hollywood is about more than just entertainment and sales.  Its images also reflect back to the people a sense of who they are, who they aren’t, and who they hope to be, […]

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Bunche Research Report

Bunche Research Report

Bunche Research Report, Vol. 6, No. 2 (February 2012) Defending Affirmative Action The affirmative action battle rages on in the United States.  Legal arguments are being heard at the federal appeals level and, beginning in fall 2012, at the Supreme Court level.  In light of the cases being presented to the Sixth and Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, the Bunche Center presents […]

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Faculty Awards & Accolades

January 24, 2013 –UCLA social psychologist Phillip Atiba Goff contributed to the new anthology, Pursuing Trayvon Martin:  Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics (Lexington Books, 2012) edited by George Yancy and Janine Jones.  The book addresses various broad and yet relevant concerns about the tragedy and its wider implications.  To learn more about the book,  Click Here. January […]

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About the Ralph J. Bunche Library and Media Center

Bunche Center Mural (1970)

The Ralph J. Bunche Library and Media Center is located in Haines Hall room 135. Regular session hours are Monday-Thursday 10 am – 5 pm. Special arrangements must be made to access archives or audio visual materials. Contact information is at the end of this section. In 1969 campus activists established the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) Library to provide specialized services to researchers studying African […]

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Research Overview

Research Overview

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, established as an organized research unit in 1969, is committed to research which enhances our understanding of the history, lifestyles, material conditions, and socio-cultural systems of African Americans and the Diaspora. The esteemed faculty and affiliated researchers include leaders in the fields of African American studies, education, public policy, […]

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