The House of Black Culture is deeply rooted in the history of African Americans at Ohio Wesleyan University.
The House of Black Culture was attained Jan. 14, 1971, by OWU's black students out of the need to experience a sense of a collective identity that could not otherwise be felt on a predominately white campus.
Since then, the House of Black Culture has served as a meeting place for educational, cultural, and social activities that are unique to African Americans. The House of Black Culture is an institution within Ohio Wesleyan in that it serves as a means for black students to discuss their commonality and interact with one another in a level of familiarity that would be foreign to other students.
The goals and objectives of the House of Black Culture cover a large range of territory. The House of Black Culture provides a meeting place for all black students and faculty members. The House also serves as a transitional bridge between college students’ home communities (especially freshman).
Another goal of the House of Black Culture is to focus on political, cultural, and social issues important to people of African descent and provide services not available elsewhere on campus.
The House of Black Culture serves as a landmark for black culture and as a place to observe and display African art. On Saturday, Oct. 22, 1994, the House of Black Culture was officially renamed the Butler A. Jones House of Black Culture.
“The House of Black Culture is a home away from home for me. The atmosphere is so welcoming and positive. We are like one big family and even though we go through our disputes, at the end of the day that still doesn’t change the dynamic of our family-oriented atmosphere. I love being a housemate and contributing to cultural events in order to bring diversity and awareness to the campus. I feel like the HBC is an integral part of the campus community and I can’t wait until I come back 20 years from now and see how much the HBC has thrived!” – Artiase Brown ’13
“To me the House of Black Culture is not only a strong-knit community, but a family. Living in the house has given me opportunities to share experiences and grow with all my housemates. The connections we’ve created with one another are on a whole other level. My housemates have become my support system and we always look out for each other. Living in the House of Black Culture was the best decision, I’m so happy to be called a housemate.” – Chelsea Nicholas ’12
“I love living in the House of Black Culture because it has become my home away from home. The House is a huge part of the history of OWU, that has shaped the social climate for students of color here and I love being a part of it. Living in the House of Black Culture has allowed me to become more open and social. I have met new people and learned how to live successfully with other people. I am part of a community bigger than myself because of the HBC and I am happy to be a part of it.” – Kaydee Hamer ’12
“The reason why I chose to live in the Butler A. Jones House of Black Culture is because I did not like living in a dull dorm room and the people that lived in the house treated me as if I had some sense of importance to them. The House of Black Culture has served for me as a home away from home. It is a place where I feel the most comfortable both in terms of the physical space and the types of services the House offers and provides. The physical space has been conducive to my lifestyle or culture back in Montgomery, Alabama. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to live in a placer where I can feel a “family-oriented” environment and be accepted by a group of people I think as family. I love you, Housemates!” – Gene Sludge ’13
“Originally, I moved into the HBC for a family feeling household and to experience something new. In these three years I have been in the HBC, I’ve gained, experienced, and learned so much about myself, my housemates, the community, college, and life. I had both positive and negative experiences since living in the HBC but, in the end, I wouldn’t change a thing. I have grown while in the house and I have grown because of the house. From creating, organizing, and holding a program to getting to know my housemates, I have gained a cultural experience as well as an awareness of various cultures and walks of life. I love the HBC!” – Ray Perez ’13
“The Butler A. Jones House of Black Culture means a lot to me. It has given me and many others a safe place. Not only is the House of Black Culture a safe haven, it services as HUB or tangible melting pot for a diverse community of people with many different backgrounds. The House of Black Culture to me is a space were those of minority background can interact within this community, without having feelings or ideas of double consciousness about themselves or other.” – James Huddleston ’13
“Being a resident of the House of Black Culture comes with more than a room and housemates, it comes with a community of like-minded individuals. It comes with support and friendship that make the entire experience of living at Ohio Wesleyan better. From the programs we put on, to the time spent just as a house, there is always something to do, people to talk to, and, most importantly, hands to help. People to have your back or tell you when you’re in the wrong. It’s a community of friends that would otherwise been much more difficult to find. Plus, living in a full house with amenities with 9 other college students on a college campus is nothing if not fun.” – Lucky Mosola ’14
“The House of Black Culture is more than just on campus housing. It is more than just a house with a community of people living in it. It is a home, a home away from home. Inside, lives a group of students that consider each other family. The HBC is a place of comfort and solitude. It is the one thing that is stable in my life but has something completely new and exciting to offer every day. It, and the people that frequent it, are the things that I miss the most when I go on breaks. It holds a lot of history and that history can be powerful stuff. It is a privilege to live in the HBC and an honor to be a part of the legacy that it holds.” – Samantha DeJarnett ’12