The Berea Community Stands Together Again on Monday, November 23rd


Dear Bereans,

I am writing with support from community and student groups committed to social justice to invite you to an important event to demonstrate the values of Berea College in the face of a growing number of incidents involving harassment to students of color and LGBTQ students.

This event will be on Monday, November 23, from 12:30-2:00, and we are also inviting others from the community who are supportive of our efforts.  You may, of course, come and go based on your schedule.

If you are able to attend, we encourage you to bring signage that conveys Berea’s inclusive mission, manifest in its motto that “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.” (Acts 17:26).

We invite participants to line the south side of Chestnut Street from the crosswalk in front of the President’s Home toward Scaffold Cane Road.

It is very important that participants not block the street or sidewalk, both of which are public property.  We ask that participants remain BEHIND the sidewalk.  It is also important to convey the kind of impartial love for which our campus is known, so we ask that you not taunt or return any unkindness from drivers.  As noted in our statement to campus on Wednesday, we must be respectful of the constitutionally protected rights of others, even if it involves expression or speech with which we disagree.  As Bereans, we are not, however, obliged to suffer intimidation, threats, or violations of the civil rights of any of our students or others under the guise of the Confederate flag or any other symbol being used to denigrate others.

With warm regards and thanks to all those who work for justice in our community,

Lyle Roelofs

Categories: News, People
Tags: Commitment, Mission, racial Justice, Social Justice

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.