Print Shop built
In 1974, the Print Shop becomes the New African American Cultural Center.
First African American Cultural Center formed
Students form NC State's first African American Cultural Center, which was given space in the YMCA building.
NC State hires Dr. Lawrence M. Clark
NC State hired Dr. Lawrence M. Clark as Associate Provost. Dr. Clark was the second African American to serve as a university administrator. In addition to serving as a professor of mathematics education, Dr. Clark coordinated all activities related to the universitys Affirmative Action Plan. Dr. Clark was instrumental in the founding of NC States African American Cultural Center, the Peer Mentor program, and the African American Symposium.
New African American Cultural Center
In 1974, African American students called for a new cultural center. Student Body President Terry Carroll presented a four point request to Chancellor Caldwell, which included a request for the first floor of the Print Shop to be turned over to the Society of Afro-American Culture for an African American Cultural Center. Banks C. Talley, dean of student affairs, complied with this request.
Philip Freelon graduates
Philip Freelon graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture degree. Signature buildings his firm has designed include the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Student Government organized a march to protest NC States financial involvement in South Africa. The anti-apartheid march began outside the African American Cultural Center (West Dunn) and ended at the Memorial Tower. Approximately 75 students participated in the march.
African American Cultural Center opens
African American Cultural Center opened in the new Student Center Annex (later renamed Witherspoon Student Center). In 1992, following months of student and faculty protests, NCSU administrators granted the African American Cultural Center an operating budget.
The Nubian Message began publication
The Nubian Message began publication in response to student protests alleging racial bias by the Technician. Tony Williamson served as the paper’s first editor-in-chief. The paper was first released in Talley Student Center. In the inaugural issue, Williamson stated his intention to "totally, truthfully, and faithfully cover every aspect of African American life at NCSU" and his hope that the Nubian Message would become "the media voice for African Americans at NC State; a publication where people can learn about different aspects of [African American] culture, as well as find useful information about State’s campus." Because the Nubian Message received no University funding and Nubian staff were prohibited from using NCSU media equipment, the first issue was published with help from North Carolina Central University. Recalling the paper’s initial struggles Williamson stated, "It was a real pain to have to go all the way to Durham to work, but the people at Central were very helpful and understanding. We owe them a lot. If it wasn’t for their newspaper staff, we probably would never have had a first issue." Following publication of the first issue, the University allowed the Nubian staff to utilize campus media equipment.