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UNC Black Cultural Center Gets Big Gift

Posted March 29, 1996 6:00 a.m. EST

— March 30, 1996, 4:33 p.m. An anonymous donor has pledged a very generous gift to the Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural Center at UNC. One million dollars, to be paid in increments over the next 10 years.

The building fund's goal is $7.5 million. This gift brings the proceeds to $3 million. Chancellor Michael Hooker announced the pledge Friday at a regular meeting of the Faculty Council.

According to Hooker, fundraising has been slowed by a negative image resulting from controversy in the early '90s over whether the building would be seen as a monument to separatism.

Gerald Horne, a former labor attorney, Senate candidate from California and author of nine books, was named BCC director in January. He has established a schedule of academic conferences and lectures that will be sponsored by the BCC. Nowadays, establishment of the center meets with wide support on campus.

Fund raisers still need more large gifts, either from corporations or wealthy private donors