Berea Recognized in Kentucky House of Representatives


In its February sessions, the Kentucky House of Representatives takes time during Black History Month to recognize groups or individuals who have made a positive impact on the African American community. R. Travis Brenda, the Kentucky representative for District 71 and a Berea College alumnus, recognized Berea from the House floor for the College’s many historic efforts for racial equality.

Group of Berea guests and Kentucky House Representatives

From left to right: Cluster Howard ’78, Daniel Thomas, Deanna Frazier, Virgil Burnside ’74, Alicestyne Turley, Tim Jordan ’76, Jackie Collier ’80, Kim Brown, R. Travis Brenda ’96, Jason Petrie ’93, and John “Bam” Carner ’91

A delegation from Berea College, including Alicestyne Turley, director, Carter G. Woodson Center and assistant professor; Kim D. Brown, associate vice president, Marketing and Communications; Virgil Burnside, vice president, Student Life; Jackie Collier, associate vice president, Alumni Relations; and Tim Jordan, media relations manager, attended the Frankfort session and viewed Rep. Brenda’s presentation from the gallery. Following the session, Rep. Brenda assembled the Berea delegation along with other representatives and legislative staff who are Berea alumni or have Berea connections (such as Daniel Thomas, the House doorkeeper, who attended Lincoln Institute) to take a photo at the Speaker’s desk at the front of the House chamber.

Read a copy of the full text of Rep. Brenda’s remarks.

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Tags: Black History, Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, Dr. Alicestyne Turley, Jackie Collier, Kentucky House of Representatives, Kim Brown, R. Travis Brenda, Tim Jordan, Virgil Burnside

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 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 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.