The Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, located at 2 Dunlap Place, provides cultural space for students of African descent. The space is used throughout the academic year for members of the Mount Holyoke College community to gather and to hold classes, lectures, or social events.
The center was established in 1973 and was originally known as the Martha Rolston Perkins Cultural Center. Ms. Perkins was, at the time, the oldest living African American Alumna (class of 1898). In 1980 the name of the center was changed to the Betty Shabazz Cultural Center to honor the wife of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X.