Berea College staff, faculty and students observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 15 with events throughout the day co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Black Cultural Center, Willis D. Weatherford Campus Christian Center, Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service, Berea College Music Department and Union Church.
The celebration activities began at 9:30 a.m., when representatives from the College and the wider Berea community gathered at Union Church before members of the College’s Black Music Ensemble and community led a march from Union Church to Gray Auditorium in Presser Hall on Berea’s campus. The keynote performance at 10:30 a.m. featured “The Good Food Revolution,” by Malik Yakini, co-founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.
The afternoon convocation featured “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: A One-Woman Play,” which was performed by Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye in Phelps-Stokes Chapel. Following the convocation, the College’s Black Male Leadership Initiative hosted a reception and conversations with Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye and Malik Yakini in the Gallery of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education.
View a gallery of photos of the day’s events below.
Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of eight federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing, and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.