ABC’s of UMD: Letter N

N is for NYUMBURU!

Constructed in 1996 next to the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Nyumburu serves as the campus’ center for African American social, cultural, and intellectual interaction;the name means “Freedom House” in Swahili.

The cultural center was a dream of Otis Williams, long-time director of the center and mentor to hundreds of African American students at UMD. Williams led the move of the center from its small offices in the South Campus Dining Hall to its current home.

The center sponsors lectures and forums, art exhibits, and instruction in dance, music, and creative writing. Nyumburu also hosts guest artists and scholars, and students associated with the center previously published the Black Explosion newspaper.

This is the 14th post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts will come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester. If you want to learn more about campus history, check back weekly to see what we’ve picked to highlight, and you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

Check back on Monday, October 19, for Letter O!

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