“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

Book Talk on Police and Minorities, Community Welcome

Law Enforcement in the age of Black Lives Matter posterThe Carter G. Woodson Center is hosting a book talk with faculty members on “Violence Against Black Bodies,” Wednesday March 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Panelists in this community discussion will include Sandra Weissinger, Elwood Watson and Dwayne Mack. Lunch will be provided. Another session, “Policing Black and Brown Bodies,” will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. with panelists, Sandra Weissinger, Elwood Watson, Tyler Sergent, Dee Hill-Zuganelli and Dwayne Mack. Weissinger and Mack edited the book.

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

Berea College Employees Hit the Road for 2017 Civil Rights Seminar and Tour

Civil Rights Tour group gather for a photo in front of historical sign "Memorable Quotes from Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Last week, 40 Berea College faculty and staff members embarked on the biennial Civil Rights Seminar and Tour sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education. The tour visited many locations significant to the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.  It also presented opportunities for faculty and staff to discuss a variety of topics related to race in America that are still relevant today. The idea of viewing race relations through the lens of a reparations paradigm versus a reconciliation paradigm was a consistent theme in these discussions throughout the trip. Continue reading Berea College Employees Hit the Road for 2017 Civil Rights Seminar and Tour

Making an Impact with Black History

This week we feature two African American staff/faculty members―Carl Thomas and Dr. Alicestyne Turley―whose work and personal influence is having a significant impact on Berea College students. Like others on campus and beyond, they are “investing in lives of great promise.” Continue reading Making an Impact with Black History

Berea Interns Help Preserve Woodson Legacy

Picture of Berea Student Alexandria Gaston

Alexandria Gaston

This past summer three Berea College students, Alexandria Gaston ’15, Laura Tate ’15, and Melissa Wills ’15 had the opportunity to intern for the Mary McCleod Bethune Council House in conjunction with the Carter G. Woodson home restoration project in Washington, DC. Berea students were specifically sought out for this position because of a standing relationship between the college and grandson of Carter G. Woodson, Paul Wells. Woodson is a 1903 graduate of Berea College and the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education was created in his honor. Its mission is “to promote social and cultural change through the transformative power of education that recognizes the enhancing values of all peoples of the earth.” Continue reading Berea Interns Help Preserve Woodson Legacy

Naomi Tutu Facilitates ‘Truth & Reconciliation,’ January 20

Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a 1983 alumna of Berea College, will facilitate a workshop titled “Truth and Reconciliation” on January 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Carter G. Woodson Center Gallery in the Alumni Building. Dinner is provided. Continue reading Naomi Tutu Facilitates ‘Truth & Reconciliation,’ January 20

Berea College Dedicates Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education

Berea College’s long-standing and historical commitment to interracial education was celebrated with the grand opening of the Carter G. Woodson Center, whose namesake graduated from Berea in 1903 and became recognized as the “Father of Black History.” The center, located on the main floor of the Alumni Building, reasserts interracial education as a priority in the college’s contemporary learning, working and living environments. Continue reading Berea College Dedicates Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education

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

Acclaimed Author Dr. Paula Giddings Highlights Black History Month at Berea College

Dr. Paula Giddings, critically acclaimed author and professor at Smith College will present, “Ida B. Wells and the Beginning of the Modern Civil Rights Movement” during a Carter G. Woodson Memorial convocation on February 16 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel at Berea College. Continue reading Acclaimed Author Dr. Paula Giddings Highlights Black History Month at Berea College

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

Berea College Plans Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education

Honoring Berea alumnus Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History,” the Berea College board of trustees has approved the creation of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education that integrates the college’s Black Cultural Center and the African and African-American studies program. Continue reading Berea College Plans Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education