Berea College’s Black Music Ensemble Presents “From Grace to Glory”

Berea College’s Black Music Ensemble performed their annual spring concert, titled “From Grace to Glory,” at First Christian Church in Berea on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

The Berea College Black Music Ensemble was organized during the fall of 1969 by a small group of black students on campus. Members of the Black Student Union, these students wanted to bring their religious culture to Berea, singing the Black spirituals and gospel music of their home churches and sharing this music with the entire campus and community. With these ideas in mind, the 1969 Black Ensemble was formed stating that its goals were to “supplement religious life on campus and give vent to Christian love through songs.”



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 nine 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.