Events and Special Recognition
45th Annual Black Student Union Pageant
The Black Student Union held its first Scholarship Pageant in 1970 as a way to showcase, embrace, and celebrate African and African-American history and culture through student talents. Over the years, the Black Student Scholarship Pageant has transformed into a cultural avenue. The Pageant highlights outstanding African and African-American students who are actively engaged on campus and in the community. In addition, the Black Student Scholarship Pageant calls attention to the idea that Black history is American history. This belief serves as an instrument for the personal growth of the contestants in addition to communal growth for the Black Student Union organization and the community.
Interracial Intercultural Community Dinners
The BCC hosts on Tuesdays, a community dinner that is designed to engage the campus community in an ongoing diversity focused dialogue. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend. Dinner is provided (vegetarian options are also available). Participants should RSVP to the Black Cultural Center.
The Black Cultural Center Open House
The BCC open house is designed to introduce the BCC as “The Gathering Place” to the entire campus. Attendees are encouraged to browse the resource area, gather in the lounge area, listen to entertainment and enjoy refreshments. This event is usually scheduled for early September.
The BCC Alumni Reception
The reception follows the Black Music Ensemble Concert during Alumni Weekend. This event is designed to cultivate ongoing relationships with alums and for students to gather and network. A new addition to the reception is the acknowledgement of outstanding black alums who continue to support Berea College and Black Cultural Center. The dress is casual.
The Banquet takes place on the 3rd Saturday in the month of February. It is a part of the Carter G. Woodson Weekend and is designed to introduce prospective students to the campus community and celebrate current student’s accomplishments. The following activities are a part of the banquet festivities:
• The Student Talent Showcase
• Motivational Speaker
• The Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Student Service Award, established in honor of Woodson, who is the Father of Black History Week and a Berea College Alumnus, recognizes students of color with exemplary services, leadership, and academic achievements. This award is given annually at the Unity Banquet during Black History Month.
The Graduating Senior Recognition Program is a tribute to graduating students of color for their years of dedication and commitment to higher learning. This program includes the distribution of the student identified “Power of One Awards”, BCC Outstanding Volunteer Awards, and the presentation of the Senior Gift.