Mary Lou Williams Center For Black Culture

Promoting racial understanding and building community.

Belonging Identity, Culture and Religion Mary Lou Williams Center For Black Culture

Welcome to The Lou

Upcoming Events

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture presents: American author, filmmaker and activist, Kimberly Latrice Jones for our 2023 Black History Month Keynote Lecture. Feb. 8th at 6:30pm in Page Auditorium

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The mission of the Mary Lou Williams Center at Duke University is to foster a safe and affirming community that supports the diverse needs of Black-identified people.

  • Community

  • Authenticity

  • Inclusion

  • Liberation

  • Respect

We Believe ......

  • Black is not a monolith.

  • That blackness is broad deep & diverse

  • That our blackness should be celebrated, honored and affirmed.

  • Blackness is beautiful

  • That the legacy of our ancestors should be exalted.

  • Black people deserve a space to be authentically and unapologetically liberated. 

The Modern Day Lou

Check in to see what we've been up to lately. Here is a sneak peek at some of our recent programs.

Contact Us

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture (map)
Duke University
101 Flowers Building
Box 90880
Durham, NC 27708-0880

Phone: 919-684-3814
Fax: 919-681-7472
Email: marylou@duke.edu