Berea College and the Day Law

“An Act to Prohibit White and Colored Persons from Attending the Same School” was introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1904 by Breathitt County Representative Carl Day. The intent of the legislation (which became known as the Day Law) was simple and sinister; it would prohibit interracial education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Continue reading Berea College and the Day Law

Remembering the Educators

Published Originally in the Winter/Spring 2012 Issue of Berea College Magazine

Robert Moore, ’13

The life of a Lincoln Institute founder, Kirke Smith, Berea College class of 1894, was dedicated to upholding the ideals expressed in Berea’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth (Acts 17:26).” On the ninety-ninth anniversary of the founding of the Lincoln Institute, President Larry Shinn presented the John G. Fee Award to five of Smith’s grandchildren at the twelfth annual Berea College Founders’ Day Convocation at Phelps Stokes Chapel. The award was accepted on their behalf by Kentucky State University sociology professor Alvin M. Seals, one of Smith’s grandsons. Continue reading Remembering the Educators

Berea’s 12th Annual Founders’ Day Convocation Honors Kirke Smith

Kirke Smith, the first dean of education at Lincoln Institute, a school initiated by Berea College after Kentucky’s Day Law (1904) forbade interracial education in Kentucky, will be honored at the twelfth annual Berea College Founders’ Day Convocation on October 6 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel, 99 years after Lincoln Institute first opened its doors.Smith will be honored with the John G. Fee Award that honors primarily African American alumni who attended Berea College between 1866-1904 and who gave distinguished service to their communities, especially in the field of education, and whose lives reflect the ideals of Berea College founder John G. Fee as expressed in the college’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”The award will be accepted by five of Smith’s grandchildren. Continue reading Berea’s 12th Annual Founders’ Day Convocation Honors Kirke Smith