Voorhees remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2011

On Thursday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall Auditorium, Voorhees College will celebrate the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the 33rd General (national) President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation’s oldest African American fraternity.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Reverend Herman "Skip" Mason, Jr., author, educator, historian, ordained minister and community servant, is a native of Atlanta, Ga. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris Brown College in 1984. Following graduation, he went on to receive a master’s degree in library and information science with a concentration in African American history from Clark Atlanta University in 1989. He has also studied at the Phillips School of Theology. Currently, he serves as college archivist at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. and holds the endowed directorship as the Edward and Hermese Director of Morehouse College’s Learning Resource Center.   

Mason has authored several books and produced various videos including: “Going Against the Wind: A History of African Americans in Atlanta;” “Black Atlanta in the Roaring Twenties;” “The History of Black Entertainment in Atlanta;” and “The Talented Tenth: The Founders and Presidents of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.  He has also served as a consultant and curator on numerous projects and exhibits documenting the African American experience.    

Currently, the 33rd General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mason is also a  member of Sigma Pi Phi (Kappa Boule') and Prince Hall Masons, St. James Lodge No. 4.  He is a member of Leadership Atlanta, the Society of American Archivists, the Association for the Study of Afro American Life and History and serves on the board of the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation and is a former member of the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP Board.

  He has served as the pastor of the St. James CME Church and the Greater Hopewell C.M.E. Church in Atlanta.