About Us

Bridges to Cultural Understanding is a grassroots organization created to provide a means of bringing multi-cultural individuals together across social boundaries in order to give us all an opportunity to share our individual stories and to dialogue with one another. All Bridges to Cultural Understanding meetings are open to the community at no charge. Our meetings offer a great opportunity for an inter-generational, multi-cultural exchange of information, questions, answers and new perspectives.

Our Objectives

• To share the reality and depth of the personal stories of our cultures.

• To promote understanding of each culture's history, contributions, special holidays and celebrations, religion, challenges (both historic and present,) current pressing issues and dreams for the future.

• To build intra-cultural friendships and alliances committed to reducing misconceptions, healing racism and uniting together to identify and change attitudes, structures and laws that perpetuate disparities.

Programs and Events

2016 - 2017 BTCU Programs

Register to Vote: Every Saturday starting August 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Sojourner Truth Monument:
Don't miss your Opportunity to Register to Vote. The A. Philip Randolph Institute - Battle Creek Chapter, Bridges to Cultural Understanding, the Calhoun County Democratic Black Caucus and the NAACP, are partnering to register voters every Saturday, starting August 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Sojourner Truth Monument. If it rains, the registration will take place at the Urban League building, 172 W Van Buren St. If you are turning 18 years old on, or before, the general election on Tuesday, November 01, 2016, or if you have never been in the right place at the right time to get registered....this is your chance to do so. This opportunity is available until one month prior to the election. On the following Saturday mornings, a short message about the importance of voting will be given at 10 a.m., Aug.13....Cary Whitfield, Sept. 10....Jim Haadsma, and Oct. 1.... Bobby Holley

THURSDAY OCT. 13 " Calhoun County's Felon Re-entry Programs: Facts and Opportunities" at First Congregational Church 145 Capital Ave., N.E., Battle Creek, MI 7p.m. The keynote speaker will be William DeBoer, President/CEO of KPEP (Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program), who is at the helm of the innovative work KPEP has been doing with prisoners since it"s inception in 1980. Additional speakers will address such topics as prison ministry, parole management, life recovery programs, transitional homes, the role of mentors, the experiences of employers who have hired ex-felons. In addition to these topics, there will be one or two true accounts shared by ex-felons who have turned their lives around by having been given a second chance. Consideration of what more can be done to move these programs to the next level will be open for discussion. The question-answer portion of the program will be followed by light refreshments served in the Atrium.. RSVP's requested: bjshambach@aol.com.  or call 269-425-6346. Thank you.

Please hold these dates. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 Welcoming Battle Creek

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Black History Month Presentation

For additional information please contact Nina at 269-964-4921 or e-mailing ninalagrand@icloud.com

Video Links of Interest

A Girl Like Me
Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves
Reza Aslan
Unity in Diversity

An internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, tells his own story of growing up as an Iranian-born emigre and explores the common narrative of what it means to be an American
One Drop Rule
"Insights and implications regarding the "One Drop Rule."
The Rev. Eric Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute
Talks about assumptions that we might make when we meet another person?