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Black Cultural Center Celebrates 22 Years of Achievement

On September 9, many students and friends of the Black Cultural Center gathered for a special sesquicentennial event to praise the efforts of those who have supported the BCC over its 22 year history.

The Many Faces of the BCC.

The program, organized by new Black Cultural Center director Tashia Bradley, began at 3 pm with an open house. Visitors were offered refreshments as they were encouraged to view an exhibit displaying a brief history of the BCC. The BCC staff was on hand with friendly smiles and answers to questions about Berea’s history in relation to the history of their organization.

At 5 pm, the program moved to the Student Organization Lounge. Guests were treated to a special sesquicentennial poem written by Stewart Stone, a Berea College senior. The BCC also honored the Rev. Gloria Johnson, Dr. Kathy Bullock and Carl Thomas for their past and present support of the BCC, as well as for their personal achievements. In addition, the resource room was named in honor of Andrew Baskin for his lengthy dedication to the BCC.

The BCC was established in 1983 and based on the premise that true integration and equality cannot be achieved without a general awareness, understanding, and appreciation of black culture.

In keeping with their mission, the BCC offers many educational and social opportunities. Students can find camaraderie in joining an organization sponsored by the BCC, which include the African Student Association; Black History Month Task Force; Black Music Ensemble (BME); Black Student Union and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee. Every organization is open to any student interested in learning and promoting the interests of the organization. The BCC also produces The Onyx, a student publication. Readers are informed of upcoming events, both social and educational, and students are encouraged to submit articles.

The BCC is also committed to honoring those who demonstrate outstanding achievement and service to the center. The Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Student Service Award annually recognizes a student of color who demonstrates exceptional dedication to leadership and academic achievement. The Father Henry L. Parker Scholarship is also presented annually to student(s) who reach for high academic goals and promote understanding through interracial and multicultural education. Every year, a farewell barbecue is held to honor graduating students of color for their dedication to education and understanding in their time spent at Berea.

For more information, contact the BCC at 985-3797 or visit their website by clicking the link below.

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