Voorhees prepares for its annual MLK program


Voorhees prepares for its annual MLK program

January 11, 2018

Voorhees College will hold a special all-college assembly program in celebration of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan.18 at 11a.m. in Massachusetts Hall.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, former president of the Georgia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), civil rights advocate, and attorney.

New Director of Library Services Herman Skip Mason and the Lyceum Committee selected Johnson because of his extensive civil rights portfolio. “Rev. Johnson has already accomplished so much in just a short time. He is a phenomenal speaker, preacher, advocate, and disciple of Dr. King’s legacy,” Mason said.

After serving as president of the Georgia NAACP, Johnson served as the executive director of the NAACP Georgia State Conference. In 2013, he was recognized as the NAACP’s youngest president at the 71st Civil Rights Convention. Johnson is member of the John F. Nolen, Jr. Hall of Leaders for Excellence in Service and Leadership at Georgia Southern and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and a juris doctorate from the University of Georgia. He married to Dr. Meca Renee Williams, and they have three sons, Thurgood Marshall Joshua, Langston Hughes Elijah, and the late Frederick Douglass Caleb.

Currently, Johnson is the senior minister of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Pembroke, Ga. and the Magnolia Baptist Church of Statesboro, Ga. Additionally, he practices law at The Johnson Firm P.C. in Statesboro, where he continues to fight to eliminate inadequate education, racism, poverty, and homophobia.

President W. Franklin Evans said he hopes Johnson’s message will motivate and empower the Voorhees community to fight a peaceful but impactful fight for civil liberties. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly for civil rights and civil obedience. We often hear about African-Americans who go above and beyond to create change just as Dr. King did, and I want our students to join in and become instrumental in the process,” Evans said. 

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