African American Resource Center

Mission and the main activities of the African American Resource Center

Mission of the Center

The African American Resource Center promotes the study of the history, culture, and society of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Center is a resource, community space, and forum for colloquy, presentations and discussion. The Center is available to faculty, students and community groups in service of this AARC mission.


The African American Resource Center is located at 3B-04, in the Academic Core building at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd in Jamaica, Queens.


The offers a quiet space for study of Black history, culture, society and politics. In addition to a library containing over 2000 volumes, we have four computers linked to the internet and shelves of primary source materials from the 1970s and 1980s as well as the complete works of W.E.B. Du Bois.

The Center is staffed by York College students and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.


The AARC sponsors a diverse range of programs within the Center and, when too large for hosting, the College. We also sponsor field trips to cultural sites within the City of New York.

Advisory Committee

The Resource Center is led by an interdisciplinary Advisory Committee with a wide range of expertise and community experience.

Chair of the Board: Dr. Margaret Vendryes

Director of the Center: Dr. Lindamichelle Baron