In 1975, The Afro-American Cultural Center at East Carolina University was established in the “Y” Hut. The new space gave ECU’s growing minority population a gathering place to meet and socialize. Ledonia S. Wright, a popular and respected Associate Professor of Community Health, was the first director of the Center and the advisor to the Society of United Liberal Students, (S.O.U.L.S.). Ledonia S. Wright was an Associate Professor of Community Health at East Carolina University and a public health professional. Her entire career was spent finding ways to ease human misery and raise the level of aspiration among those with whom she worked. She believed that excellence in one’s chosen profession could be achieved.
In the early 1990s, renewed commitment to develop a larger and more structured venue for minority students surfaced. On October 22, 1995 the new Center reopened in its new home, the Bloxton House, and was renamed in honor of Ledonia Wright. Today, the staff and students of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center (LWCC) continue her tireless efforts to find ways to ease human misery and raise the level of aspiration among all ECU students.