Berea College-Love Over Hate

BEREA, Ky. (AP) – Berea College held a peaceful “Love Over Hate” demonstration in response to accusations of harassment and racial slurs directed toward some of its students.

College spokesman Lavoyed Hudgins says nearly 600 people, including students, city officials and members of the community showed up to stand with the students during the Monday afternoon demonstration.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports ( demonstrators held “love over hate” signs, chanted “This is what democracy looks like!” and sang the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

An administrative committee for the college says incidents of “drive-by racism and homophobia” were directed at students from roads on campus during homecoming weekend Nov. 13 and 14. Some students took their concerns to the Nov. 17 meeting of Berea City Council.