Voorhees holds its first international festival

September 19, 2012

Voorhees will host its first international festival September 25-September 27 in honor of all the different cultures, countries and ethnicities represented through its faculty and staff.  

The festival will kick off with African Drummers performing during chapel services on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. The speaker for chapel will be is Dalton Malveaux, who currently teaches United States and world history at Denmark Technical College and Allen University.  

For more than a decade, Malveaux has worked in collaboration with constituents to facilitate a sustainable educational environment for student exposure and cultural enrichment at several institutions of higher learning.  He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Southern University and A& M College in La.  

Following chapel, there will be an international artifact exhibition in the Wright-Potts Library beginning at noon.  

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, an international fashion show will be held in Massachusetts Hall at 6:30 p.m. with an international potluck tasting following.  

The closing ceremony for the festival will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall. The speaker for the closing ceremony is Joe E. Benton, national president of the National Association of Black Social Workers.  

Prior to retirement, Benton was the special assistant for Faith Initiatives working primarily with the AME Church. He was formerly the Richland County Director of Juvenile Justice for more than 10 years and the assistant commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice in South Carolina for more than 10 years.  Benton earned a bachelor's degree in social sciences from Benedict College and a master's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash.   

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