Voorhees president receives award for outstanding service at local elementary school

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Voorhees president receives award for outstanding service at local elementary school

May 31, 2016

Dr. Sellers stressed the importance of striving for the best in life, he encouraged the audience to take full advantage of education and to seek leadership positions in their communities.

                                       

During the program, which was themed, “A Long Road to Freedom: Fannie Loue Hammer,” Sellers shared his experiences about the Civil Rights Movement and how he fought against injustice.

Sellers also spoke about his involvement in the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre where three students were killed for attempting to bowl at an all-white bowling alley.  Sellers noted that he was the only individual sentence to jail as a result of this incident. 

“Having formed a bond with icons such as, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer during the civil rights era, Dr. Sellers was the best person to share the history of the struggle for freedom with us,” said Black History committee member and special education teacher Dianna E. Richburg.

 Denmark-Olar Elementary School wanted to present the award to Sellers, who is retiring from Voorhees College on June 30, 2016, as a way for the school to show their appreciation for his commitment to education and contribution to black history.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu