Voorhees prepares for its annual MLK assembly


Voorhees prepares for its annual MLK assembly

January 18, 2019

Voorhees College will celebrate the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a special all-college assembly program held on Jan.24 at 11a.m. in Massachusetts Hall.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Sen. Darrell Jackson, businessman, civil rights advocate, author, and former commissioner of Richland County School District.

Jackson is the founder and owner of Sunrise Enterprise of Columbia, S.C., which was founded in 1986. This is South Carolina’s oldest African-American owned public relations firm which specializes in marketing and consulting.  Additionally, he is the pastor of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road in Columbia, S.C.

He is also the author of “A World of Possibilities,” an inspirational book designed to unleash the power of possibility within every individual.

Jackson served as commissioner for Richland County School District One from 1990-1992. In November of 1992, he was elected to the South Carolina Senate, becoming, at the time, the state’s youngest African-American senator ever elected. Currently, Jackson continues to serve in the South Carolina Senate (District 21), where he represents Richland County.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Benedict College in political science with a concentration in public administration. Additionally, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia International University.

Jackson is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Richard Stockton College, Benedict College, and Columbia International University.

Jackson is married to Willie Mae, and they have two sons, Darrell Jr. and Antione Joseph (Kourtnee), a granddaughter, Kembrielle Janae, and a grandson, Andrew Joseph. 

President W. Franklin Evans said he wants the Voorhees family and community to be aware of the actions Dr. King took to shed light on issues such as police accountability, housing, employment, criminal justice reform, and equality. “These are issues that are still prevalent today, and we must move the dream forward and continue to change the world,” Evans said. 

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

Sen. Darrell Jackson