The Past

In 1927, eleven members of Montreal's Union United Church began what is known today as the Negro Community Centre NCC/Charles H. Este Cultural Centre. Its initial purpose was to alleviate social and economic conditions among Blacks in Montreal in an era where there was a need to bridge the gap of understanding between Blacks and Whites. For more than 66 years, the NCC, as it is affectionately known, was the focal point for engaging, educating, empowering, welcoming and entertaining members of the Black community. Over these years, its reputation for excellence grew and as a result members of all communities took part in its many activities.

The Present

In 1993, all programs and activities ceased at this prestigious organization. Since then, different Boards were created with the aim of reopening the building and recapturing some of the magic that began in 1927. The newly configured Board chaired by Shirley Gyles is working steadfastly with members of all levels of government to ensure just that.

The Future

The NCC will once again be the focal point for members of the Black community. Among the many programs and facilities planned, the building will house a state-of -the-art banquet hall capable of seating 250 persons, eco-museum of Black history, rental space for organizations and individuals as well as culturally sensitive and entertaining programs for youths, adults and seniors alike. Other programs include a cooking school, a recording studio, a library, after-school programs, and a range of dance lessons for the novice to the advanced.