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Voorhees holds its annual Founderís Day Convocation

April 3, 2012

Voorhe es College will celebrate its annual Founder's Day Convocation on Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center. The speaker for the occasion will be Representative J. Davi d Weeks of Sumter, S.C.  

Representative Weeks is currently a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District #51 of Sumt
er County. He is the immediate past chairman of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus.  

Weeks was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives on November 7, 2000. He was named 2003 "Legislator of the Year" by the Sumter chapter of the National Federation for the Blind and was cited by the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs, th
e S.C. Conservation League, the S.C. Education Association and Alliance for Children for his legislative work. He serves as chief minority whip for the House Democratic Caucus. He is a member of the powerful House Judiciary Committee. Recently, he was recently elected chairman of the Sumter County Legislative Delegation.  

He operates the Weeks Law Office, LLC of Sumter and formerly served on the executive committee of the Sumter County Bar Association. He was appointed municipal court judge for the town of Timmonsville, S.C. in 1996, a pos
ition from whic h he resigned to run for the S.C. House of Representatives.  

Involved in various civic and community organizations, Weeks is a member of the board of directors of the Sumter County Community Development Corporation and the Four Bridges Community Development Association. He is also past chairman of the Sumter County Voter Registration Board. He is a life member of the NAACP and previously served as County State Executive Committeeman for the Democratic Party. He is a thirty-third degree mason, shriner and a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is a member and former vice chairman of the Morris College Board of Trustees.   

Representative Weeks is the recipient of many honors and awards, including "Man of the Year" for Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, Distinguish Alumnus and Presidential Citation from Morris College, distinguished service award from the Sumter City/County Planning Commission, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity "Citizen of the Year", J.T. McCain Community Service Award from Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and Community Service Recognition from Mt. Pisgah A.M.E Church.  

After completing the public schools of Sumter County, he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris College, Sumter, SC; Master of Education degree from Howard University, Washington D.C.; the Juris Doctor of Law degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, and the Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Morris College School of Religion.  

Following Founder's Day Convocation, Voorhees will hold a Founder's Day Luncheon to honor all commissioned Voorhees graduates. The luncheon will be held in Massachusetts Hall Auditorium, and tickets are $25. For more information, please contact Teesa Brunson, director of communications, at 803-780-1194 or at tbrunson@voorhees.edu.