Black Cultural Center


Black History Month
The Black Cultural Center (BCC) plans and coordinates several activities and programs
(e.g., convocations, summits, plays, lectures) throughout the month of February paying tribute to Berea College Alum Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History Week”, and to the history, heritage, and contributions of African Americans.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program
The BCC commemorates the birth and legacy of Dr. King with a Worship and Praise Service, Unity March to City Hall, convocation, and community luncheon.

Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrated from December 26 through January 1. It is a celebration of family, community, and culture. The BCC usually celebrates Kwanzaa prior to the end of the fall semester, incorporating all of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Black Men/Women’s Think Tanks
Limited to Berea College male and female participants, these retreats will focus on developing sisterhood/brotherhood and Black male/female identity. These overnight retreats will begin on Friday in the Black Cultural Center and is designed to engage participants in considering their role in relationships, leadership, global citizenship, academic and spiritual development. Participants will depart for Cincinnati on Saturday and also visit the Freedom Center. The Think Tanks are ongoing programs that focus on black male and female identity development. Such programs as “Beauty for Ashes”, the Book Club, Women’s Tea, Am I my Brother’s Keeper Conference, and SB2 are examples of the follow-up activities.

Interracial/Intercultural 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.

These informal facilitated sessions are designed to provide an avenue for students to discuss current events. Rap-sessions take place in the BCC; snacks are provided and is a “safe space” for conversation.

Leadership Development Series
This series is for students who are interested in developing and fine-tuning their leadership skills. Participants attend a leadership focused activity once a month to develop their skills. The program includes lectures, community service, a leadership retreat, and financial support for attendance at a leadership conference. At the end of the year participants receive a certificate of participation in the leadership program.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Program
Students United to Create Cultural and Educationally Successful Situations

The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. program, implemented through the Black Cultural Center is designed to support incoming students. The program is run collaboratively by the Black Cultural Center Director and the Student Development Coordinator. Every incoming African and African-American student may enter the program by filling out an application, which is available at anytime throughout the school year. These applications are used by the Student Development Coordinator to connect incoming students with their peer mentor. Students who chose to participate are identified as S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Scholars. Benefits of participating in the program as a S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Scholar include:

  • Beginning of year off-campus weekend retreat
  • Access to Skill Building Sessions
  • Catered Study Sessions
  • Free admission to BCC social activities
  • Academic and Social Portfolio Development (resume, networking, academic excellence reports)
  • Peer Mentors are available to assist new students of color in making a successful transition to college. The Peer Mentors collaborate with other campus departments and community services to provide programs that promote the academic, personal, social, career, moral, and cultural growth and development of students of color.

Orientation Activities
During the Registration and Orientation Weekend (ROW) in the summer and throughout the school year, the BCC participates in several Merry-Go-Rounds to provide information and updates about the programs and services offered through the Center.

The BCC also provides leadership in Orientation Activities designed to enhance BC commitment to interracial education and other ideals of our global society. During this weekend the entire campus community is invited to Experience the Diversity during the week of orientation.

The Community Mixer is held during Orientation Week. This informal gathering is designed to welcome and introduce new students of color to faculty, staff, other students, community members, and the Black Cultural Center staff.

Black Cultural Center Scholar Program Application
The Black Cultural Center is pleased to announce the pilot of the BCC Scholar Program. Applications for the BCC Scholar Program will be accepted from June 16–September 5, 2007.  The selection process is competitive and only 3-6 students will be chosen to participate. Students will explore the dynamics of intellectual activism, in the tradition of black public intellectuals such as W.E.B. Dubois, Henry Louis Gates, James Baldwin, Lani Guinier, Cornel West, John Hope Franklin, Angela Davis and bell hooks.


Some program objectives are:

  • To provide students with an opportunity to link intellectualism with activism.
  • To engage students in learning research and publishing skills.
  • To provide guided learning opportunities to encourage innovative and creative solutions for addressing issues facing black communities.
  • To organize students to use their talents and skills to provide leadership in their communities and participate in community development.
  • To provide resources for students to attend and present at conferences, develop research/writings, and their individual projects.

Applications and more information available here.

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