Center of Pan-African Culture
Mwatabu Okantah, Director
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
The Center of Pan-African Culture is an integral partner in the mission of the Department of Pan-African Studies. CPAC brings together the people, tools, information, and support every student needs to be academically successful at KSU. Furthermore, students will find that CPAC provides a dynamic calendar of student cultural and social activities that make the total KSU experience more fulfilling.
The Center was founded in 1970 by the Black United Students (BUS) for the purpose of promoting the cultural traditions of African People. Its original location was the Ward House which stood on the site now occupied by the Business Administration Building. In 1971, the center moved to the second floor of Rockwell Hall and, in 1972, CPAC moved to its present location in Oscar W. Richie Hall.
CPAC is open to all who are looking for culturally diverse activities. The Center not only offers academic enrichment, but social and cultural enrichment through its promotion of local, regional, and international talent programs, international exchanges, and invitations to scholars and artists from the world over to share their ideas and experiences.
Specifically, the center provides the opportunity and the facilities for the exposition of the diverse art forms -- painting, sculpture, oral and written literature music, dance, theatre -- and other cultural modes of expression that globally define people of African descent.