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Renowned Civil Rights Leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis to Deliver Commencement Address at Voorhees University’s 127th Commencement

Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees University is proud to announce that Dr. Benjamin Franklin Chavis Jr., esteemed civil rights leader, will deliver the keynote address at the university’s 127th Commencement on Saturday, May 4, 2024. The ceremony will take place at Voorhees University’s Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center at 11:00 a.m.

With a graduating class of 75 students, Voorhees University eagerly anticipates the wisdom and inspiration that Dr. Chavis will impart upon the graduates as they embark on their future endeavors.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Chavis Jr., an Oxford, North Carolina native, is a multifaceted figure renowned for his contributions to civil rights, journalism, environmentalism, and academia. Currently serving as the President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and as a professor at Duke University, Dr. Chavis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the commencement stage.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Chavis has been a tireless advocate for justice and equality. From his early involvement in the civil rights movement alongside Martin Luther King Jr. to his groundbreaking work in environmental justice, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social change.

As a journalist, his weekly commentary, “The Chavis Chronicles,” reaches millions of households across the United States, while his “THE GOOD NEWS” radio commentary spreads messages of hope and empowerment.

In addition to his work in civil rights and environmentalism, Dr. Chavis has been instrumental in shaping the cultural landscape through initiatives such as the National Hip-Hop Summit, which he co-founded with Russell Simmons. The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network has empowered countless artists and activists to use their platform for social change.

“We are honored to have Dr. Chavis as our commencement speaker,” said Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, President of Voorhees University. “His dedication to justice and his commitment to empowering future generations make him an exemplary role model for our graduates.”

Voorhees University looks forward to welcoming Dr. Chavis and celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2024 at this momentous occasion.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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