Experiencing Black History


Students holding college motto on a sign behind them

Berea has made history, since its remarkable beginning as the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, to educating Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History.”

Berea’s students and faculty members continued to make history when they participated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

A generation later, many of those individuals retraced their footsteps, accompanied by Berea’s contemporary students, bringing an important chapter in American Black History alive for them to experience in a particularly meaningful way.

See a video clip from USA TODAY featuring interviews by Berea College President Lyle Roelofs, students and alumni as they share their experiences—past and present—participating in the Civil Rights March in Selma: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/03/08/selma-marchers-say-needs-still-unmet/24610095/

For more information about the Berea-Selma connection, visit: https://www.berea.edu/features/selma-berea-connection/

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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.