DENMARK -- Voorhees College will open its 121st convocation with historian Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason Jr. as the keynote speaker at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Leonard E. Dawson Center.

Mason is the senior pastor of historic "Mother" Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Augusta, Georgia. He is an Atlanta native and 1980 graduate of D.M. Therrell High School.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and history from Morris Brown College and master’s degree in library and information science concentrating in African-American history from Atlanta University. In addition, Mason earned a master’s degree in divinity from the Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He is currently completing his doctorate at ITC as well.

Mason has served as a professor of history, librarian, archivist, director and dean of students at both Morris Brown College and Morehouse College in Atlanta. A nationally recognized historian, genealogist and cultural anthropologist, he is also the author of numerous books on the history of African Americans in Georgia and the South, publishing more than 10 books and curating major exhibitions.

In addition, Mason has served as a historical consultant on numerous Public Broadcasting Service documentaries, most recently the PBS Jackie Robinson documentary. A former columnist for the Atlanta Daily World newspaper, his page, "Skip Mason's Atlanta Historical Moments," chronicled black life in Atlanta, as did his Facebook page "Vanishing Black Atlanta."

Voorhees President W. Franklin Evans said the class of 2021 is already achieving great things, and new students are getting acclimated to their new home for the next four years.

“It is a brand new year and an exciting time to motivate, inspire and prepare these young intellectuals for their higher education journey,” Evans said.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or mfreeman@voorhees.edu.

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