Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center
The Center hosts over 50 programs throughout the year. It provides TI-83 calculators, laptops, MacBooks, netbooks, and more than 1,600 library resources for students to check out. For students interested in foreign languages, the center also offers a variety of Rosetta Stone tutorial CDs. There are stationary computers with the Respondus program also available. In addition, the Center provides an 80-inch television for students to use for watching and practicing presentations. Students may stop by to eat snacks, study, relax, watch TV or play games.
Named in honor of the first African-American male student to graduate from Austin Peay State University, the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center was founded in 1991 as an integral part of the University, dedicated to providing theoretical and practical knowledge about the historical and contemporary contributions, achievements and social perspectives of African-Americans and other people of African descent. The center honors a legacy of the historic Civil Rights and Black Studies Movements that sought, among other goals and objectives, to have American colleges and universities more adequately and prominently reflect the full scope of human and cultural diversity in all areas of the learning environment. During this period of sociocultural transformation, African-American students at Austin Peay challenged the University’s community to recognize the contemporary, historical, sociopolitical and intellectual contributions of African-Americans. Those students were adamant about their need to have a place that celebrated and consistently displayed the salience of the African-American experience.
The center’s mission is intertwined with several of the University’s strategic goals related to educating and motivating students to be aware and appreciative of the diverse cultures of which Austin Peay State University – and the world – are composed. The center provides a nurturing environment where all students and faculty, regardless of race or ethnicity, can gain an appreciation for African-American heritage and experience. The center brings to campus an array of outstanding scholars, artisans, and professionals whose knowledge and accomplishments enrich the University experience of students, faculty, staff and the larger community.