Rev. John Gregg Fee, Berea College Founder, Inducted to National Abolition Hall of Fame; First Southerner With This Distinction

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) has added Reverend John Gregg Fee to the Hall of Fame. Other inductees in the 2016 class include Beriah Green, Angelina Grimké, and James W.C. Pennington. Continue reading Rev. John Gregg Fee, Berea College Founder, Inducted to National Abolition Hall of Fame; First Southerner With This Distinction

Love Over Hate

Love Over Hate

Tragic deaths occurred last week in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas.  These evil acts are sad reminders of just how long and difficult is our nation’s journey toward peace and racial justice. I ask all Bereans to remember and raise up in prayer the victims and their loved ones and to continue to hold to our ideals in all you do, seeking peace with justice and trusting in the power of love over hate. 

Lyle Roelofs
President, Berea College

President Roelofs Offers a Response to the Tragedy in Orlando on Behalf of Bereans

We share in the shock and grief resulting from the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, earlier today.  Berea’s Great Commitments, which emphasize love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice, markedly contrast with acts of hatred and terror such as this. While this incident is an attack on the values of all Bereans, we are particularly concerned for how it will be experienced by our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) members of our community. Continue reading President Roelofs Offers a Response to the Tragedy in Orlando on Behalf of Bereans

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. 

Unity Banquet on February 20, 2016 – During Carter G. Woodson Weekend

Unity Banquet, February 20, 2016 - During Carter G. Woodson WeekendProspective high school seniors from areas far and wide were welcomed to Berea College for a weekend of peer-to-peer networking, meeting faculty and staff, and touring Berea’s campus.

Students attended sessions about campus life and the typical day of a Mountaineer led by volunteer student speakers. Continue reading Unity Banquet on February 20, 2016 – During Carter G. Woodson Weekend

Alex Haley: Inspiring, Governing, Trailblazing and Leading by Example

As a pioneer in interracial education, particularly in the South, Berea College has focused on racial equality from its inception. Egalitarianism has not been limited to the classrooms, but has been a part of the College’s leadership and governance, too, with African-Americans serving as Trustees of Berea from the 1800s to the present. Continue reading Alex Haley: Inspiring, Governing, Trailblazing and Leading by Example

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.

 

#LoveOverHate

About 600 Bereans from the College campus and from the City, and many from further away, including some members of the College’s Trustees, participated in a rally on November 23 to focus on Berea’s values, such as love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice. The rally was in response to recent reports of racism and harassment in the community as an example of a shared commitment to justice and equality. The rally generated broad attention in media outlets. A few representative examples can be seen at: Continue reading #LoveOverHate

An Alumnus in the News

Beloved Bereans,

I have learned that Randy Johnson, a 1991 Berea alumnus, is one of the plaintiffs in the civil rights case concerning marriage equality argued earlier today before the U.S. Supreme Court.  There are two links to Randy’s story below.  I want to affirm Randy putting his convictions into action.  After all, Berea’s motto applies to all peoples of the earth, encouraging all of us to live out our commitments through civic engagement.

With warm regards,

Pr. Roelofs Continue reading An Alumnus in the News

Letter to the Editor of the Berea Citizen

To the Editor of the Berea Citizen,

In light of the present debate in our city regarding the proposed fairness amendment, some have asked me about the position of Berea College, and this seems a good opportunity to explain our policies and practices in this area.

Berea College’s nondiscrimination policy was approved on campus and adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2001. It begins as follows… Continue reading Letter to the Editor of the Berea Citizen