On October 11, 2011, Berea College Board of Trustees authorized funds for the establishment of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, stating:
“. . . Beyond Woodson’s alumnus status at Berea College, his erudition as a scholar, and his renown as a preeminent spokesman for the status of African Americans in our democracy, establishment of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education at Berea College is both appropriate and important to the College’s continuing mission to promote the transformative power of education and social inclusion. It is within this historical context that the College honors the memory of this Berea College alumnus who quite literally changed the face of American history.”
In keeping with the desires of the Board of Trustees and the mission of Berea College founders, it is the goal of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education to strive to align external campus norms with the College’s internal and historic commitment to interracial education so they function in a mutually supportive manner. It is therefore the mission of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education to promote social and cultural change through the transformative power of education that recognizes the enhancing value of all peoples of the earth.
The Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education will foster communication around Berea College’s Great Commitment: To assert the kinship of all people and provide interracial education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among blacks and whites.