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Dr. Carter G. Woodson & Berea College: The Legacy Continues

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Berea College – in the Appalachian foothills of Kentucky -- is the first school in the South to admit students of every race and both genders on an equal basis. It had been in existence a decade by the time Carter G. Woodson was born in 1875. On April 5, 1866, the College's incorporation was completed and “when its first class entered what was then called The Berea Literary Institute, a total of 187 students enrolled, of whom 96 were Negroes and 91 were whites.”

Founded by abolitionist John Gregg Fee, a Kentucky slaveholder's son, Berea, in Fee’s vision, "would be to Kentucky what Oberlin is to Ohio, antislavery, anti-caste, anti-rum, anti-sin." . Throughout its storied and often embattled existence, the soul of Berea College has steadfastly embodied what Woodson once wrote as his own driving philosophy: "learning to accept insult, to compromise on principle, to mislead your fellow man, or to betray your people, is to lose your soul." Clearly, Woodson’s pride-filled passion about the magnanimity of the African-American experience was influenced by the College’s motto: “God hath made of one blood all nations of people!”

That unique institutional legacy is reviewed in this paper, to include a chronology and detailed discussion of the historical backdrop of Berea’s imprint on Woodson’s life and the enduring importance it places on Woodson in the form of its Carter G. Woodson Math and Science Institute, the Carter G. Woodson Professorship, and the Carter G. Woodson Student Service Award, which honors students for their commitment to academic excellence, service and interracial education.
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Turner, William. "Dr. Carter G. Woodson & Berea College: The Legacy Continues" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC, Oct 02, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p208605_index.html>

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Turner, W. H. , 2007-10-02 "Dr. Carter G. Woodson & Berea College: The Legacy Continues" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p208605_index.html

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Abstract: Berea College – in the Appalachian foothills of Kentucky -- is the first school in the South to admit students of every race and both genders on an equal basis. It had been in existence a decade by the time Carter G. Woodson was born in 1875. On April 5, 1866, the College's incorporation was completed and “when its first class entered what was then called The Berea Literary Institute, a total of 187 students enrolled, of whom 96 were Negroes and 91 were whites.”

Founded by abolitionist John Gregg Fee, a Kentucky slaveholder's son, Berea, in Fee’s vision, "would be to Kentucky what Oberlin is to Ohio, antislavery, anti-caste, anti-rum, anti-sin." . Throughout its storied and often embattled existence, the soul of Berea College has steadfastly embodied what Woodson once wrote as his own driving philosophy: "learning to accept insult, to compromise on principle, to mislead your fellow man, or to betray your people, is to lose your soul." Clearly, Woodson’s pride-filled passion about the magnanimity of the African-American experience was influenced by the College’s motto: “God hath made of one blood all nations of people!”

That unique institutional legacy is reviewed in this paper, to include a chronology and detailed discussion of the historical backdrop of Berea’s imprint on Woodson’s life and the enduring importance it places on Woodson in the form of its Carter G. Woodson Math and Science Institute, the Carter G. Woodson Professorship, and the Carter G. Woodson Student Service Award, which honors students for their commitment to academic excellence, service and interracial education.

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