Mission Statement

The mission of the Black Cultural Center is to provide services that support the needs of African American people at Berea College. We do this through;

  • co-curricular programs
  • leadership 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.
The Black Cultural Center is a leader in achieving the college’s mission of interracial understanding. We operate in the spirit of the college’s motto: “God has made of One Blood all Peoples of the Earth” (Acts 17:26).

We support the historic commitments of Berea College – in particular, this commitment:

“To assert the kinship of all people and to provide interracial education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among blacks and whites as a foundation for building community among all peoples of the earth.”


In 1983, Berea College established the Black Cultural Center (BCC). True integration and equality cannot happen without:

  • awareness
  • understanding, and
  • appreciation of black culture

Over three decades later, the philosophical foundation of the Black Cultural Center has not changed.