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An epicenter of culture

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center is celebrating 30 years of service to the community. During this time, the Center has become an epicenter of arts and history at Carolina and beyond. From exhibitions to lectures to fellowships, the Stone Center is a hub for intellectual activity and supports the creative energy of the campus as it explores African-American and African Diaspora lives, cultures and histories.

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Students read in The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

We’re still trying to fulfill the expectations of the ‘70s and ‘80s, but we’re also trying to outdo ourselves every year because that’s the trust that was placed in us

Joseph Jordan, director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History 

Joseph Jordan speaking.

By the Numbers

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History stands as a significant accomplishment for the University community who, at the urging of a coalition of Black and other students, agreed to build and support the center under the Office of the Provost.

The building houses seminar rooms, classrooms, a 10,000-volume lending library, a computer classroom, art gallery and museum, 360-seat auditorium, a multipurpose room, a dance studio, several office suites, single offices and space for visiting scholars and artists.

  • 3,000faculty, staff and students served through Stone Center programs and initiatives each year
  • 56visiting and resident artists
  • More than 50Stone Center programs and initiatives each year
  • 10,000visitors a year
  • 58Undergraduate International Studies fellowships awarded
  • 60campus-wide programs each year

Center initiatives

  • Children cook in the kitchen.


    Communiversity Youth Program is a low-cost afterschool program sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. It is one of the Center’s longest standing endeavors.

  • Students read in the Stone Center.

    Sean Douglas Leadership Fellows

    Launched in 2011, the fellowship offers college sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity to engage in a 10-week paid fellowship experience alongside the center’s director. The experience helps to fulfill the Stone Center’s commitment to develop students’ abilities to work collaboratively with their peers and others and to better understand how to manage complex organizations.

  • Art Galleries

    The galleries at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History are dedicated to the enrichment of visual culture on campus, in the community and throughout North Carolina.