Harambee House
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The history of Harambee House dates back to May 31, 1969, when the alumnae of Alpha Kappa Chi (AKX), the Wellesley classical society, voted to close their house and return it to the College. The members of Ethos, a student organization for students of African descent that had  been established in 1968, and the College Administration began completing plans to convert AKX into the campus' Black Student Center, to be called Harambee (Swahili for "working together")House. In September of 1970, Harambee House officially opened with the mission to provide a central location to meet the needs of Black students including studying, tutoring, and social events, while serving as a cultural resource for Black heritage to enlighten the college community at large.