“Three Women” to Discuss being African-American and Growing up in Appalachia

Three Berea Women—Monica Jones, Dr. Alicestyne Turley, and Crystal Wilkinson—will be the featured speakers at the Berea College Appalachian Lecture on Thursday Apr. 5 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This roundtable discussion will focus on what it was like being African American and growing up in Appalachia.

Jones currently serves as the director of the Black Cultural Center in the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education. A Zanesville, Ohio native and graduate from Ohio State University, Jones is no stranger to being the only African American in a room. She has used it as a way to stand out and excel in everything she sets her mind to. Continue reading “Three Women” to Discuss being African-American and Growing up in Appalachia

Berea College Observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Day Celebration March from Union Church to Presser Hall

Berea College students, faculty, staff and community members marched from Union Church to Presser Hall during the 2018 MLK Day Celebration

Berea College staff, faculty and students observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 15 with events throughout the day co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Black Cultural Center, Willis D. Weatherford Campus Christian Center, Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service, Berea College Music Department and Union Church. Continue reading Berea College Observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Onyx Returns to Campus

The Black Student Union recently announced plans to reintroduce The Onyx to the Berea College campus community. The first publication is set to be released on February 28, 2014, and it will share information pertaining to the importance of the publication and the black community on campus, among other topics. Continue reading The Onyx Returns to Campus

Monica Jones: An advocate for education and sacrifice

Monica Jones, a native of Zanesville, a town in the Ohio foothills of the Appalachian region, was named the director of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at Berea College in July of 2012. Jones believes the center serves as a leader in facilitating the college’s mission of interracial education, through the understanding that God has made one blood of all peoples of the earth. “I provide a space that allows them (students) to have a place for study, a space to deal with cultural understandings of each other, and a space where they can just hang out with one another.” She adds, “However, I think that when they are in this space, they realize that I have expectations for them, that they will always be seen as scholars and that I am committed to their education.” Continue reading Monica Jones: An advocate for education and sacrifice

Two Appointees Strengthen Berea’s Historic Interracial Education Commitment

Berea College has appointed Dr. Alicestyne Turley as the first director of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education and Monica Jones as the new director of the Black Cultural Center. Turley will also serve as assistant professor of African and African American Studies. Both appointments will become effective in July, 2012. Continue reading Two Appointees Strengthen Berea’s Historic Interracial Education Commitment

Raymond Crenshaw

Elementary Education major Raymond Crenshaw, ’12, has a book as thick as the New York phone book. It’s full of receipts, itineraries, business cards, and pictures from an alternative spring break trip that twelve students from Berea’s Black Cultural Center (BCC) took to Harlem last spring break. Continue reading Raymond Crenshaw