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 →
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 →