BNAACC 50th Anniversary Celebration and Building Dedication Ceremony

We invite you to attend the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) 50th Anniversary Celebration and the building’s Grand Re-Opening!

The weekend’s theme is “Built to Grow: Past Achievements Fueling Beautiful Futures.” We believe this represents the strong foundation laid by all students, faculty, staff, and community members from the past, present, and future. It would be a great honor if you would join us.

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NOTE: We DO NOT have the capacity to take registrations during the events.


Friday, October 4:
3-5 p.m. – BNAACC dedication and grand re-opening (1212 W. Nevada St.)
7-9 p.m. – 50th anniversary celebration dinner/program (Alice Campbell Alumni Center)
9 p.m.-2 a.m. – Social at Neil Street Blues in downtown Champaign

Saturday, October 5:
1-4 p.m. – Radical Illini Conference (optional event)
2-6 p.m. – Mentoring lunch (invite ONLY) (Memorial Stadium)
7 p.m.-midnight – Welcome B.L.A.C.K Block Party (1212 W. Nevada St.)

Sunday, October 6:
10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Affinity breakfast (1212 W. Nevada St.)
3 p.m.Black Chorus Concert (Krannert Center for Performing Arts Great Hall)Purchase tickets separately

We do not have a room block for the event weekend. However, the Illini Union Hotel is the university-run hotel that is located within walking distance of the BNAACC and the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

Visit Champaign County has a listing of hotels. It is very easy to reserve rooms, and there are plenty available for the weekend. We hope this information is helpful, as you plan to come visit us.

If you or your business have a desire to sponsor a part of the BNAACC Celebration, we have several sponsorship opportunities and levels available. Our complete sponsorship program will give you all the details.

Printable version of all the details of the weekend, including the agenda, hotel information, etc.