Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

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Award allocations are based on academic classification, but range from $750–$6,000; available for incoming first-year students through graduate and law students.

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Umoja Black Scholars Academic Residential Community

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Umoja, “unity” in Swahili, is a community that aims to cultivate a sense of belonging for Black students at the University of Oregon. This community is designed to meet the social and academic needs of Black students through fostering an understanding of and respect for Black cultures, identities, and histories. The Umoja Black Scholars ARC brings Black students who live and take courses together, and can grow in their own identities, engage with peer mentors, and connect with cultural, social, and academic resources.

Applications for the 2022–23 Umoja Black Scholars cohort are open now through May 31, 2022.

Learn About Umoja Black Scholars

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker
Black Cultural Center

1870 East 15th Avenue

SPRING TERM HOURS
Sunday: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

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We invite the UO campus and greater Oregon community to advertise programs, events, and job opportunities via the Shades of Black Newsletter and BCC social media.


BCC Space Reservations

Looking to host your next meeting, campus visit, or other event? Submit a request at least 72 hours in advance. Currently we are not available for Saturday reservations.

Our Mission

The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center is the engine for Black students’ academic success at the University of Oregon. The BCC is a welcoming and supportive space that helps Black students harness the resources necessary to navigate their social, cultural, and academic experience. By investing in the success of Black students, the BCC enhances the cultural and social development of the entire University of Oregon community.

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About Lyllye Reynolds-Parker

Ms. Parker earned her BA in sociology from the UO in 1991. She worked at the UO as an academic advisor in the Office of Multicultural Academic Success for 17 years, until she retired.

Ms. Parker has served on multiple advisory committees. She also serves on the board of a local nonprofit, the League of United Latin American Citizens, where she is the honorary chair of their Anti-Racial Profiling Committee.

The UO’s Women’s Center hosts an annual Lyllye B. Parker Womxn of Color Speaker Series to bring female speakers of color to campus.

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker
Aris Hall, PhD
Coordinator, Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Events

Sep 27
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott 7:00 a.m.

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography! Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October...
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott
September 24–October 15
7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Aperture Gallery

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography!

Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October 15th @ 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come meet the artist and have some food! A collection of selected photograph prints are up now at the Aperture Gallery. On view September 24th through October 28th. Come check out @photoshoot.jay’s use of amazing color and lighting! Artist Statement and Bio: “Jurell Scott is a UO alum who majored in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Jurell Scott a.k.a. Photoshoot Jay has taken a variety of photos as a freelance photographer at events, outdoors, and in studios. Photography began as a side-hustle turned passion. Hard work and improvement has made him confident in his skills. The photos being showcased represent his progression and dedication to his craft. If you’d like to see more of his photos, check them out on Instagram @photoshoot.jay

Sep 28
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott 7:00 a.m.

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography! Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October...
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott
September 24–October 15
7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Aperture Gallery

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography!

Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October 15th @ 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come meet the artist and have some food! A collection of selected photograph prints are up now at the Aperture Gallery. On view September 24th through October 28th. Come check out @photoshoot.jay’s use of amazing color and lighting! Artist Statement and Bio: “Jurell Scott is a UO alum who majored in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Jurell Scott a.k.a. Photoshoot Jay has taken a variety of photos as a freelance photographer at events, outdoors, and in studios. Photography began as a side-hustle turned passion. Hard work and improvement has made him confident in his skills. The photos being showcased represent his progression and dedication to his craft. If you’d like to see more of his photos, check them out on Instagram @photoshoot.jay

Sep 29
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion

We are inviting alumni and friends back to the University of Oregon campus to see what’s changed, reconnect with old friends, and, of course, have a good time at the second...
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion
September 29–October 2
On-campus, Eugene, OR

We are inviting alumni and friends back to the University of Oregon campus to see what’s changed, reconnect with old friends, and, of course, have a good time at the second UOAA Black Alumni Reunion!

The weekend festivities will consist of networking opportunities, campus tours, live music, and a tailgate to get us ready to cheer on the Ducks. We are encouraging all to reconnect and reinvest.

Sep 29
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott 7:00 a.m.

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography! Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October...
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott
September 24–October 15
7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Aperture Gallery

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography!

Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October 15th @ 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come meet the artist and have some food! A collection of selected photograph prints are up now at the Aperture Gallery. On view September 24th through October 28th. Come check out @photoshoot.jay’s use of amazing color and lighting! Artist Statement and Bio: “Jurell Scott is a UO alum who majored in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Jurell Scott a.k.a. Photoshoot Jay has taken a variety of photos as a freelance photographer at events, outdoors, and in studios. Photography began as a side-hustle turned passion. Hard work and improvement has made him confident in his skills. The photos being showcased represent his progression and dedication to his craft. If you’d like to see more of his photos, check them out on Instagram @photoshoot.jay

Sep 30
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion

We are inviting alumni and friends back to the University of Oregon campus to see what’s changed, reconnect with old friends, and, of course, have a good time at the second...
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion
September 29–October 2
On-campus, Eugene, OR

We are inviting alumni and friends back to the University of Oregon campus to see what’s changed, reconnect with old friends, and, of course, have a good time at the second UOAA Black Alumni Reunion!

The weekend festivities will consist of networking opportunities, campus tours, live music, and a tailgate to get us ready to cheer on the Ducks. We are encouraging all to reconnect and reinvest.

Sep 30
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott 7:00 a.m.

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography! Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October...
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott
September 24–October 15
7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Aperture Gallery

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography!

Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October 15th @ 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come meet the artist and have some food! A collection of selected photograph prints are up now at the Aperture Gallery. On view September 24th through October 28th. Come check out @photoshoot.jay’s use of amazing color and lighting! Artist Statement and Bio: “Jurell Scott is a UO alum who majored in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Jurell Scott a.k.a. Photoshoot Jay has taken a variety of photos as a freelance photographer at events, outdoors, and in studios. Photography began as a side-hustle turned passion. Hard work and improvement has made him confident in his skills. The photos being showcased represent his progression and dedication to his craft. If you’d like to see more of his photos, check them out on Instagram @photoshoot.jay

Sep 30
“Black Pro Se: Authorship and the Limits of Law in 19th-Century African American Literature” noon

Faith Barter, English and 2022–23 OHC Faculty Research Fellow. Please register to attend. Black Pro Se examines antebellum African American writing that mobilizes...
“Black Pro Se: Authorship and the Limits of Law in 19th-Century African American Literature”
September 30
noon
Prince Lucien Campbell Hall (PLC) 159

Faith Barter, English and 2022–23 OHC Faculty Research Fellow.

Please register to attend.

Black Pro Se examines antebellum African American writing that mobilizes specific legal forms and strategies: appeal, confession, jurisdictional attack, and encryption (citation). In framing these legal strategies as literary subversion, Black Pro Se deliberately reads beyond the well-documented testimonial power of antebellum Black writing, situating that literature instead as a site of under-theorized legal imagination that experimented with visions for Black futures within and beyond a U.S. nation-state. Historically, scholars have –necessarily –focused on the ways that this literature, especially slave narratives and other forms of abolitionist writing, documented or testified to slavery’s full brutality. Black Pro Se contextualizes that writing as a form of visionary worldbuilding, demonstrating how Black writers used legal forms in innovative and counterintuitive ways. Literature that appears to perform an affiliation with law or a demand to be included in dominant legal frameworks is often, I argue, a container for radical re-scriptings of law and power that envision entirely new forms of social relation and belonging. The appeal form, for instance, might act as a vessel in which a writer, seeming to seek redress from a white legal regime, actually re-imagines a logic of power that positions Blackness as the ultimate judicial authority. By positioning antebellum Black writers not merely as witnesses but as architects of legal possibility, Black Pro Se reframes the rise of Black literature in the 19thcentury.

Oct 1
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion

We are inviting alumni and friends back to the University of Oregon campus to see what’s changed, reconnect with old friends, and, of course, have a good time at the second...
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion
September 29–October 2
On-campus, Eugene, OR

We are inviting alumni and friends back to the University of Oregon campus to see what’s changed, reconnect with old friends, and, of course, have a good time at the second UOAA Black Alumni Reunion!

The weekend festivities will consist of networking opportunities, campus tours, live music, and a tailgate to get us ready to cheer on the Ducks. We are encouraging all to reconnect and reinvest.

Oct 1
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott 7:00 a.m.

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography! Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October...
Studio Photography by Jurell Scott
September 24–October 15
7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Aperture Gallery

Our first Aperture Gallery show for the 2022-2023 year is here: Jurell Scott’s Studio Photography!

Keep an eye on the horizon for a reception with Jurell Scott on October 15th @ 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come meet the artist and have some food! A collection of selected photograph prints are up now at the Aperture Gallery. On view September 24th through October 28th. Come check out @photoshoot.jay’s use of amazing color and lighting! Artist Statement and Bio: “Jurell Scott is a UO alum who majored in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Jurell Scott a.k.a. Photoshoot Jay has taken a variety of photos as a freelance photographer at events, outdoors, and in studios. Photography began as a side-hustle turned passion. Hard work and improvement has made him confident in his skills. The photos being showcased represent his progression and dedication to his craft. If you’d like to see more of his photos, check them out on Instagram @photoshoot.jay

Oct 2
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion

We are inviting alumni and friends back to the University of Oregon campus to see what’s changed, reconnect with old friends, and, of course, have a good time at the second...
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion
September 29–October 2
On-campus, Eugene, OR

We are inviting alumni and friends back to the University of Oregon campus to see what’s changed, reconnect with old friends, and, of course, have a good time at the second UOAA Black Alumni Reunion!

The weekend festivities will consist of networking opportunities, campus tours, live music, and a tailgate to get us ready to cheer on the Ducks. We are encouraging all to reconnect and reinvest.