From the Dakota Student (University of North Dakota):
The Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center right here on campus has earned the distinction as one of the top 100 most active in the nation by the Association for Black Cultural Centers (ABCC).
For those of you who may be new and unfamiliar to campus, The Era Bell Thompson center is home to the Multicultural Student Service Center (MSS), which provides academic, financial, personal and social support to African American, Asian American and Hispanic American students on campus.Â It plays host to many diverse student organizations and is also responsible for promoting diversity on the UND campus…..
The ABCC has more than seven hundred members or affiliates in all fifty states in the Caribbean and West Africa.
The ABCC first started with Dr. [Fred Lee] Hord as the first director of the Center for Black Culture and Research at West Virginia University.Â The idea was to promote networking among Centers at an American Council for Education conference in Washington, D.C.Â The first conference was held in 1989 at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., which is now the headquarters for the ABCC.