Voorhees College Choir participates in MLK Day celebrations on Hilton Head Island


Voorhees College Choir participates in MLK Day celebrations on Hilton Head Island

January 31, 2020

The Voorhees College Choir recently held a “Freedom Songs” concert in celebration of Martin Luther King (MLK) Day at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hilton Head Island. 

The church hosted the event as a part of the weekend holiday festivities and invited the choir to participate. The choir sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black National Anthem, and many other Afro-American spirituals. 

During the concert, a special offering was collected to support the students. All proceeds were donated to Voorhees. 

The choir along with Rachel Jones, choir director, and Father James T. Yarsiah, chaplain and vicar, were hosted for the weekend in homes of some of the All Saints’ parishioners. Also during the visit, the church sponsored a tour for the choir to visit the Penn Center in Beaufort, S.C. The Penn Center, now a museum, was the first established institution of higher learning for African Americans in the south. 

Yarsiah said the church wants to continue building and fostering the relationship with the institution. “The choir serves as an ambassador of Voorhees to the church and the community. We want to get Voorhees’ name out there to everyone,” Yarsiah said. 

Jones said the students were able to experience more of the Episcopal culture while celebrating the life and work of Dr. King. “The hospitality shown by parishioners of All Saints was undeniably generous and appreciated. The students truly enjoyed themselves and look forward to returning,” Jones said. 

In an effort to support the mission of Voorhees College, located in the Southern Deanery of the Diocese of South Carolina, the rector and members of All Saints Episcopal Church established a special relationship with the institution in 2014. This is the third time the church and their parishioners have hosted the choir for an entire weekend. 


For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu. 

 Left: Father James T. Yarsiah, choir, and Rachel Jones (far right)