University of Oregon breaks ground on Black Cultural Center

The construction phase for the University of Oregon's new Black Cultural Center is officially underway.

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 12:24 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2018 5:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon broke ground on a new $2.5 million Black Cultural Center on campus.

Hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking Friday afternoon on the corner of 15th Avenue and Villard Street.

The construction phase for the University of Oregon's new Black Cultural Center is officially underway.

University officials said the new 2,700-square-foot facility will provide community gathering space, meeting rooms, a resource library and an office space for leadership of black student organizations.

The Black Cultural Center project stems from demonstrations led by the Black Student Task Force starting in 2015, where students demanded more resources for black students at the university.

KEZI 9 News spoke with one student who is looking forward to the center opening.

“My voice can be heard and that people like me, voices can be heard,” Tea Ned said. “I can have a place to go to where there's people like me because it doesn't feel like there's a lot when I look around, but knowing there's a place opening for that is really great."

Construction will begin in December, and the center is expected to be open in September 2019.

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