Voorhees prepares for the 121st Opening Convocation


Voorhees prepares for the 121st Opening Convocation

September 01, 2017

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

Mason is the senior pastor of historic" Mother" Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Augusta, Ga. He is an Atlanta native and a1980 graduate of D M. Therrell High School. 

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

He has served as 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, Mason is also the author of numerous books on the history of African Americans in Georgia and the South, publishing over 10 books, curating major exhibitions. 

In addition, Mason has served as a historical consultant on numerous Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) 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." 

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 at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.