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Voorhees University Holds Assembly to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Denmark, SC, January 16, 2024 – Voorhees University has announced that Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn, the 13th President of Clinton College, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly on January 18, 2024. 

Dr. McCorn is not only a visionary leader but also a prominent activist, scholar, author, and administrator. As the President of Clinton College, he has led the institution through a transformative journey, earning the newly branded title, “A Beacon for Leaders.” 

Under his leadership, Clinton College has experienced remarkable growth in student enrollment and has introduced innovative programs focused on student success, including the establishment of a new Academic Success Center. Dr. McCorn’s commitment to addressing health disparities is evident through the college’s receipt of a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

An alumnus of Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School, and Chicago Theological Seminary, Dr. McCorn holds the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from United Theological Seminary and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Ethical and Creative Leadership at Union Institute and University. 

“We are delighted to welcome Rev. Dr. McCorn as our keynote speaker for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly,” said Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, Voorhees University president and CEO. “His leadership and commitment to education, social justice, and community development embody the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy.” 

The assembly is open to the public, providing an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to be inspired by Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn’s powerful address. The event will take place at Massachusetts Hall at 11:00 a.m. 

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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