Bangui American Center Re-Opens at the U.S. Embassy

BANGUI – After a months-long closure due to a construction project, the Bangui American Center (BAC), located at the U.S. Embassy, reopened to the public on December 20, 2019. Visitors will notice a new entry space with improved security features and a more modern feel. The BAC, which has operated in Bangui for decades, and has been known as the Martin Luther King Cultural Center, still offers a full library of books in French and English, English-language learning resources, a quiet place to study, and access to the Internet. It is open to the public and free to use.

U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Tanya Brothen re-opened the BAC during a reception held there on December 19. “I am thrilled to once again welcome Central Africans to this beautiful space, which has connected our two peoples and cultures for years and has provided a free and open space for learning, exchange, and collaboration.” she said.

The Bangui American Center is part of the American Spaces program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of State. American Spaces are physical locations that welcome local residents to connect with people, with ideas and with the United States. There are more than 650 American Spaces worldwide, and these diverse venues are typically managed by U.S. embassies or consulates, or operated in partnership with local institutions, such as universities, libraries or nongovernmental organizations. American Spaces serve to build bridges between the people of the United States and other countries through various programs and events.

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