About the Department
The Black Cultural Center (BCC) was established in 1983. The Center is established and based on the premise that true integration and equality cannot be achieved without a general awareness, understanding, and appreciation of black culture. Over a decade later, the philosophical foundation of the Black Cultural Center has not changed.
The Black Cultural Center continues to support the historic commitments of Berea College. We assert the kinship of all people and provide multicultural education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among African Americans and Whites.
The mission of the Black Cultural Center is designed to provide services that facilitate a campus environment that is supportive of the needs of Black/African American peoples at Berea College. Through programming, co-curricular programs, leader development, intercultural/interracial understanding opportunities, academic excellence strategies and other experiences, the center provides services to support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Black students. In addition, the Black Cultural Center seeks to serve as a leader in facilitating the college’s mission of Interracial Understanding, in the spirit “God had made of One Blood all Peoples of the Earth”.