Berea College Releases New Informational Video

The new year brings a new video: “This is Berea College.” The video, available on, Facebook and Twitter, provides an informational overview of Berea’s inclusive mission to provide a high-quality liberal arts education to those who can least afford it.

Produced in partnership with Kentucky-based marketing firm Cre8tive Group, the seven-minute video is narrated by award-winning author Silas House and associate professor of theatre Adanma Barton. It encapsulates the distinctive 162-year history of the first interracial and co-educational college in the South and how its mission makes a meaningful impact in the world today. In addition to online platforms, the video will play in the Visitor Center and Shoppe and Boone Tavern Hotel—both located on College Square in Berea—so the traveling public can learn more about this unique American institution.

Since mid-December, there has been increased global interest in Berea and we recognize this is a great time to tell the world more about our “enduring vision” motivated by the power of love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice.

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Tags: Adanma Barton, Mission, Silas House

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn 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.