Annual Programs

Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center’s Annual Programs:

Fall Fest: Fall Fest is an annual event introducing incoming students of color to student organizations, faculty/staff, University departments, and Columbia businesses.  The event features performances by the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) Greek Organizations, tables about various organizations and departments, and local Columbia businesses such as barbershops, hair salons, and churches.

Homecoming Events: The Homecoming Events are designed to incorporate the Black student experience into Mizzou’s overall Homecoming experiences by bringing together alumni, students, faculty and staff in a relaxing social context that fosters networking and interaction across generations. The Homecoming Events include the Clarence Wine Memorial Tailgate featuring the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) step show, the Mizzou Tigers Homecoming football game, BFR themed T-shirts, social events and a Sunday church service.

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Black Culture Awareness Week (BCAW): BCAW originated in 1992, when Columbia’s Mayor issued a proclamation designating the third week in November as Black Culture Awareness Week. The week’s events provide Mizzou students and the Columbia community insight on Black culture and history through a variety of programmatic efforts.

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Play the Part: Play the Part, one of the staple events held during Black Culture Awareness Week, integrates music history into Black culture.  Originating in 2009, Play the Part gives students a chance to perform as great entertainers of the past and present.

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Black History Month: Each year, the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center participates as a member of the Black History Month Programming Committee which is led by the Black Studies Department. Student groups, departments and community groups schedule various speakers, workshops, forums, movies and other events celebrating Black History during the month of February.

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Black Women Rock!: Black Women Rock! models after “Black Girls Rock!” which originally aired on BET.  The goal of this event is to recognize the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of Black women at the University of Missouri and the Columbia area.

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ONYX Black Faculty/Staff and Student Mixer: ONYX is an opportunity for students to meet Faculty/Staff, student leaders, and other students at Mizzou. The connections made here will help throughout your college career.

GOBCC Food Drive Challenge: Throughout the month of February, the GOBCC collects nonperishable food items to donate to MU’s Tiger Pantry. Different student organizations on campus also participate and compete to see who can collect the most items. The student organization with the most donations receives an $100 sponsorship towards an approved event.