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The sign of the NIU Center for Black Studies sits outside the building in the snow. The Center for Black Studies will hold a celebration for Kwanzaa before the end of the semester. (Northern Star File Photo)

Center for Black Studies to hold pre-Kwanzaa celebration

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | November 29, 2023

DeKALB – The Center for Black Studies will have a pre-Kwanzaa celebration to commemorate the upcoming holiday which is normally celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.  The celebration will be held so that students who will be leaving campus for the...

The Center of Black Studies building and sign. The Director position for the CBS has been open since Jan. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

NIU filling director positions for fall semester

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 20, 2023

DeKALB — NIU has seen a number of its director positions vacant throughout the year, leading faculty and students to question when they will be filled and what is being done in the meantime. Current vacant roles have included the director of the...

Anne Edwards, former director for the Center for Black Studies, in 2020 thanking everyone who participated in the Art and Soul street painting event.

Center for Black Studies director goes home after 10 years

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | January 17, 2023

After 10 years at NIU, Anne Edwards has left her position as director of the Center for Black Studies to return to her alma mater Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Edwards worked for six years in Career Services at NIU. In 2018, she was...

Gaylen Rivers, the assistant director of programming for the Center for Black Studies, explains the many traditions of the holiday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

The Center for Black Studies celebrate Kwanzaa, host farewell dinner for director

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | December 12, 2022

Community, spirit and unity are at the heart of this cherished holiday tradition as people gathered on the evening of Dec. 1 for the Center for Black Studies pre-Kwanzaa celebration.  According to Gaylen Rivers, assistant director of programming at...

As part of its ongoing adult lecture series, the Elwood House Museum will be hosting the Black Oral History Project in collaboration with NIU Department of History, Center for Black Studies and the University Libraries, and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Elwood House Museum in DeKalb. (Photo courtesy of the DeKalb County History Center)

Ellwood House Museum to host Black Oral History event

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | October 25, 2022

DeKALB – The Ellwood House Museum Visitor’s Center, located at 420 Linden Place, DeKalb, will host November’s Brown Bag/Local Lore program on Nov. 3 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. This program is free of charge and is open to the public.  The DeKalb...

Young people recording podcast in studio. Selective focus of microphone used by young man and woman while recording podcast in studio.

Center for Black Studies introduces Podcast Club

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | September 22, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s Center for Black Studies recently created a new club called Podcast Club. The club gathers fellow podcast enthusiasts to sit down and meet and discuss a podcast of the club’s choice. The first meeting of the Podcast Club will be...

The Center for Black Studies, 621 W. Lincoln Highway.

Center for Black Studies, RAMP to host presentation

By Eddie Drinkwine | September 15, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU Center for Black Studies and RAMP will host a presentation from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday in the Regency Room at the Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Avenue. The presentation, Intersectionality of Disability and Race. will feature...

Seniors Courtney Hollis (left) and Ladesa Jeffries (right) host a table for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at the CBS open house. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Center for Black Studies highlights Black organizations on campus

By Kyra Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | September 8, 2022

If you’re looking to get involved in clubs or organizations this fall semester, there’s so much to look forward to on campus.  The Center for Black Studies hosted the Black Organization Exposition as part of their Open House on Aug. 25 located...

Black Lives Matter was painted on Castle Drive in 2020. Currently, the words are barely visible.

Castle Drive: Black Lives Matter mural fades with no restoration plans

By Parker Otto | April 3, 2022
In 2020 following a vandalism incident, Black Lives Matter was painted on Castle Drive. The words are now faded and barely legible.
Members of Black Male Initiative. Black Male Initiative is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Black Male Initiative celebrates 20-year anniversary with upcoming events

By Parker Otto | March 22, 2022
Black Male Initiative will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with 6 different events.
A classroom in the Center for Black Studies, which offers different programs for Black students to encourage success and help them make connections.

Programs offered through the Center for Black Studies

By Elisa Reamer | March 22, 2022
The Center for Black Studies offers programs that encourage success and help create connections.