Berea College Alumnus John Fleming Plays Major Role in Opening Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

John FlemingShowcasing the significance of history is nothing new to John Fleming.

Dr. Fleming  ’66, is known throughout the country for his scholarship, particularly in the African-American experience. As a historian, author, academician and museum expert, Fleming has increased inclusion of African American stories and culture into museum presentations and education, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and most recently the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Continue reading Berea College Alumnus John Fleming Plays Major Role in Opening Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

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

Congressman John Lewis Inspires Graduates at Berea College Commencement

Congressman John R. Lewis addresses the graduates, Commencement 2017

U.S. Congressman and noted Civil Rights leader John Lewis urged the 265 members of Berea’s 2017 graduating class to “find a way to get in the way” of social injustices.

Lewis, who represents Georgia’s 5th District, encouraged the graduates to honor Berea College’s heritage of equality for all people. “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you must stand up, speak up, and speak out,” Lewis stated. “You have a duty and a moral obligation given to you by the visionary founders of this college, who saw the need to build an inclusive interracial, coeducational community in 1855, before the end of slavery and the beginning of the Civil War.  We are still struggling against those same enemies of justice today.” Continue reading Congressman John Lewis Inspires Graduates at Berea College Commencement

Congressman Lewis and Bishop Wallace-Padgett to Speak at Commencement and Baccalaureate at Berea College

Congressman John Lewis and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett will address the graduating class along with their faculty and invited guests at Berea College’s 2017 Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Congressman Lewis will speak at Commencement, which begins at 2:00 p.m., in the Seabury Center, Main Arena. Tickets must be obtained in advance and are required for main arena as well as overflow seating for Commencement. Bishop Wallace-Padgett will speak at the Baccalaureate ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. No tickets are required to attend this service. To watch the ceremonies via livestream, visit this page: https://livestream.com/accounts/5135608/events/7138419 Continue reading Congressman Lewis and Bishop Wallace-Padgett to Speak at Commencement and Baccalaureate at Berea College

Woolfolk and Whitt Selected Berea College’s 2017 Service Award Winners

Lynda Whitt Headshot

Lynda Whitt, recipient of one of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards.

The annual Berea College Service Convocation and presentation of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards will take place this Thursday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Following the presentation of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards to Ms. Lynda Whitt and Ms. Odessa Woolfolk, three Berea College graduates will engage in a panel discussion, titled, “Careers in Defending Human Rights in Kentucky: Perspectives of three Berea College graduates.” The panelists include Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, Christian Motley, and Cara Stewart. Continue reading Woolfolk and Whitt Selected Berea College’s 2017 Service Award Winners

Jordan Ryan to Speak at Berea College for Justice and Peace

Phelps Stokes Chapel, February 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Jordan RyanBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to a convocation featuring Jordan Ryan, J.D., Vice President for Peace Programs at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Ryan will speak about the Center’s work to help secure civil rights for the people that the Center serves. This convocation, sponsored by the Wills D. Weatherford, Jr. Campus Christian Center, is the annual Robbins Peace Lecture and will take place Thursday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel on the Berea College campus. Continue reading Jordan Ryan to Speak at Berea College for Justice and Peace

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. Continue reading Experiencing Black History

Three African American National Historic Landmarks Tied to Berea College

Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall – 1887

A recent article published by the Birmingham Times as part of Black History Month listed 39 notable African American National Historic Landmarks by states in the Southeast region of the United States. The three Kentucky sites all have ties to Berea College. Continue reading Three African American National Historic Landmarks Tied to Berea College

Respect for All People

Grace GilletteWhen Grace Gillette, Foundation ’66, arrived on Berea College’s campus in the fall of 1964, she was an “oddity,” she said.

When students heard a Native American was on campus, they expected her to dress differently – “like you would expect a Native American to look as portrayed in history books,” she said. “A lot of them thought we were gone. To this day, history makes it sound like Native people are gone.” Continue reading Respect for All People

Berea College Welcomes Public to Prof. Steve Bright

Race, Poverty and Criminal Justice

Stephen BrightStephen Bright, Professor at Yale Law School and president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, will speak at Berea College October 20, 2016, at 3:00pm, in Phelps Stokes Chapel. From debtors’ prisons to the death penalty, race and poverty influence outcomes in U.S. Criminal Courts. Bright’s remarks will examine how sentences imposed by courts can destroy people and communities and he will chart hope for the future. This event is free and open to the public. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to Prof. Steve Bright

The Selma-Berea Connection

March on Selma

March 7, 2016 marked the 51st anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” – the first attempt by civil rights advocates to march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery to draw attention to the suppression of voting rights in Selma (and across Alabama and the South). Continue reading The Selma-Berea Connection

Parts 1 – 4 of “Berea College Focuses on Civil Rights Through Tour”

All Four parts of Crystal Wylie’s Richmond Register article on last summer’s Civil Rights Tour are now available. Follow links below:
Read Part One here: http://www.richmondregister.com/news/berea-college-focuses-on-civil-rights-through-tour/article_66ccaef0-ca99-11e5-a89c-476556c8169a.html
Read Part Two here: http://www.richmondregister.com/community/part-berea-college-focuses-on-civil-rights-through-tour/article_b88bb538-d016-11e5-96cb-579d9180f413.html
Read Part Three here: http://www.richmondregister.com/community/berea-college-focuses-on-civil-rights-through-tour/article_afdb978a-d59f-11e5-b966-7fa4d3f8acb4.html
Read Part Four here: http://www.richmondregister.com/news/part-berea-college-focuses-on-civil-rights-through-tour/article_9d563e1e-db1f-11e5-a868-dbe3c96cd805.html
Crystal Wylie is a 2005 alumna of Berea College and is the administration and communication coordinator at Berea College Alumni Relations. 

Part Two of “Berea College Focuses on Civil Rights Through Tour”

Crystal Wylie’s four part article on last summer’s Civil Rights Tour continues today with Part Two appearing in the Richmond Register.

Read Part Two here: http://www.richmondregister.com/community/part-berea-college-focuses-on-civil-rights-through-tour/article_b88bb538-d016-11e5-96cb-579d9180f413.html

Read Part One here: http://www.richmondregister.com/news/berea-college-focuses-on-civil-rights-through-tour/article_66ccaef0-ca99-11e5-a89c-476556c8169a.html

Crystal Wylie is a 2005 alumna of Berea College and is the administration and communication coordinator at Berea College Alumni Relations. Look for Part 3 and 4 in the Feb. 18 and 25 editions of the Richmond Register.

 

The Richmond Register – “Berea College Focuses on Civil Rights Through Tour”

Berea College’s focus on civil rights was highlighted in a recent article at the Richmond Register by Berea College alumni and staff member, Crystal Wylie. Continue reading The Richmond Register – “Berea College Focuses on Civil Rights Through Tour”

Berea College Joins the Nation in Recognizing the Passing This Weekend of Julian Bond

Throughout his career as a legislator and activist for civil rights, Julian Bond came to Berea several times—first in the 1970s—to speak to the campus community. Julian Bond’s ties to Berea College were deep, going back three generations. Continue reading Berea College Joins the Nation in Recognizing the Passing This Weekend of Julian Bond

Berea Staff and Students on USA Today from Selma

Berea College President Lyle Roelofs, students and alumni are interviewed by USA TODAY about their experiences—past and present—in participating in the Civil Rights March in Selma. 

See video and print articles here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/03/08/selma-marchers-say-needs-still-unmet/24610095/

Berea Professor, bell hooks Inducted Into Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Noted author and Berea College Professor, bell hooks was one of 35 people inducted into Kentucky’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame today.

The Kentucky Commission of Human Rights selects individuals for this distinction in recognition of their efforts to help improve the quality of life for Kentucky, the United States and beyond, in the areas of human and civil rights. Continue reading Berea Professor, bell hooks Inducted Into Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame