Voorhees prepares for its 119th Founders Day Convocation

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Voorhees prepares for its 119th Founders Day Convocation

April 05, 2016

Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees College will have its 119th Founders Day Convocation on April 7 at 10 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center, which will feature alumna Leila P. Campbell as the keynote speaker.

Campbell is the daughter of the late John F. Potts former president of Voorhees College, who served from 1954-1970 and he also served as interim president from 1983-1985.  She recently retired as the associate director of the Avery Research Center for African History and Culture in Charleston, S.C. 

She has been involved and or a member of various community service organizations such as Jack and Jill of America, Inc., The Links, Inc., Preservation Society of Charleston and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Campbell is a graduate of Voorhees High School and she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Spelman College. She also received additional training in blood bank techniques from the National Association of Blood Banks and human resource management from American University in Washington.

The purpose of Founders Day Convocation is to remember the efforts and determination of Voorhees’ founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, who established a school for young African-Americans by overcoming various setbacks and hurdles.

“Looking back 119 years ago, an arrangement was made in 1897, and the doors of Voorhees were opened,” said President Cleveland L. Sellers Jr. “Elizabeth Evelyn Wright worked endlessly to establish an institution where students could seek higher education and we must keep the legacy going.”

Following the program, faculty, staff, students and guests will take a walk to her memorial, which is located on campus to place flowers on her grave and the Voorhees Concert Choir will conclude with a selection.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu