Achievers & Accolades

UNCW's African American Cultural Center Earns Center Of The Year Award

By Staff Reports, posted Nov 15, 2022
Sean Palmer

UNCW’s Upperman African American Cultural Center was recognized "for the depth of services it provides students and the community" during an event this month.

The center received the Center of the Year award from the Association for Black Culture Centers at its annual conference Nov. 3-5 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to a news release.

“Upperman has gained national attention over the years for being a center that consistently marries innovation with intention,” said Sean Palmer, Upperman Center director, in the release. “Our ABCC directors have continuously said ‘we follow you to learn how to do it well.’ I think that coming out of the pandemic, Black culture center directors have been inspired by our digital footprint, our depth of programming, our art gallery and the overall aesthetic and design.”

In addition to the Center of the Year award, Upperman also received the Kummba Innovative Program of the Year award for its Juneteenth Teach-In, a conference where community members, leaders and university personnel discuss issues affecting the Black community and work to find solutions. Upperman program coordinator Ashlee Fleming received the New Professional of the Year award.

“We are proud that we have had a program that is an expected part of our Juneteenth celebration that centers a number of voices who are doing work to build out spaces for Black communities in southeastern North Carolina,” Palmer stated in the release. “We believe our program is seen as innovative because of its commitment to connecting with our larger community. We believe that the ability to make teaching about Black folks, race, power and resilience makes this event particularly powerful.”

The Association for Black Culture Centers offers institutions professional development opportunities to learn best practices on strengthening African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American and multicultural centers. The Upperman Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has been the location for two ABCC conferences.

Ico insights


Atromitos micheallegady headshot

Recognizing Women-Owned Small Businesses

Michealle Gady - Atromitos
Mel profilephoto

Grasshopper Lawn Care and Services Accepting New Monthly Clients

Mel Beasley - Wide Open Tech
Ubs chadpearson headshotresized

The Three Dimensions Of Selling Your Business

Chad Pearson - UBS Decision Point Wealth Consulting

Trending News

National Retailer, More Coming To Hanover Center

Cece Nunn - Nov 29, 2022

Cape Fear Commercial Partners With Developers On Leland Project

Cece Nunn - Nov 30, 2022

Developers To Mark Growth Of Soda Pop District Project

Staff Reports - Nov 29, 2022

New Nosh, Including True Blue Street Food Concept, Coming To Cargo District

Miriah Hamrick - Nov 30, 2022

The Vault Opens With Unique Wine Cellar, Coffee To Go

Miriah Hamrick - Nov 30, 2022

In The Current Issue

Retirement U-Turn

Many Cape Fear area retirees might initially opt for a life of leisure but discover that they still have a lot to give, and perhaps a lot to...

Local Port Volumes Remain Strong

As consumer spending remains persistent in the face of rising interest rates and pessimistic economic forecasts, a consistent stream of good...

Film Festivals Make A Comeback

Area film festivals took a hit when the COVID pandemic was at its peak, but their organizers expect lessons they learned about the importanc...

Book On Business

The 2022 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100