Staff and students march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



Black History Month

The Black Cultural Center (BCC) plans and coordinates several activities and programs (e.g. convocations, summits, plays and lectures) throughout February. These activities pay tribute to Berea College alum Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History Month. They also honor the history, heritage and contributions of African Americans.

Orientation Activities

During the Registration and Orientation Weekend in the summer and throughout the school year, the BCC provides information and updates about programs and services offered through the Center. The BCC also provides leadership in Orientation Activities designed to enhance Berea College’s 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 welcomes and introduces new students of color to faculty, staff, students, community members and the Black Cultural Center staff.

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

The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. program, implemented through the Black Cultural Center, supports incoming students. The program is a joint effort 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, available at anytime throughout the school year. The Student Development Coordinator uses these applications to connect incoming students with a 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 growth and development of students of color in the academic, personal, social, career, moral and cultural growth and development of students of color.


    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.

    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.