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African American community has the longest racial experience compared with any other racial groups in United States Therefore as a student it is necessary for us to learn more about African culture and history which will help us to realized how African American community faced prejudice and discrimination against dominant group whites University is the place where many different countries students come for education and learn about various cultures by mixing with the university community Therefore it is necessary to establish a cultural center in where the students who are from other cultural background will meet together and feel more comfortable African American cultural center was established in 1968 as a result of American civil rights and discrimination The centers goal is to represent the African culture and history and provide educational and cultural programs which connect the university of Connecticut family The center sponsors different kinds of programs for the university which recognize the diversity within the various African cultures Black artist expos poetry contest Kwanzaa Black history month are some of the examples of the program The center is open for everybody besides the African American students Everyone can come to the center and can join any of the programs that are sponsored by the center Also in order to be a member of the center students do not need to pay anything African American center has never faced any major discrimination However there are negative stereotypes and misconceptions used by dominant group about African American people For example Blacks are violent Blacks are lazy Blacks like rap music and so on The centers main purpose is to change these negative stereotypes about African people and represent the African culture to the community of UCONN I had been to Asian American and Latin American cultural center before But I did not feel that much comfortable two of those centers compared with African American cultural center I felt like Asian and Latino
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