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Gilmore Featured Speaker at 109th Convocation

Gilmore Featured Speaker at 109th Convocation
Posted By: Reggie Culpepper on September 20, 2005

Denmark, SC –Voorhees College held its 109th Fall Convocation on Thursday September 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center with Mr. Al-Tony Gilmore as the featured speaker.

Mr. Gilmore is the manager of leadership training and development within the human and civil rights division of the National Education Association (NEA). He has held several positions in this organization and is also an author and contributes articles and reviews on Social History and is a consultant for the History Channel.
Gilmore told the students not to give up on the “American Dream” and that education is the gateway to becoming somebody. “Education is a shared responsibility. Students need to have the discipline to receive the education given and students will measure up to the highest level of expectation” stated Gilmore.

During the Convocation the freshman class was inducted into the Voorhees Classics Literary Fire Program where Ms. Pamela Small, Director of the Program, challenged the students to “Build upon the words of wisdom gleaned from each torch of the most learned writers of our time.” The each student of the freshman class was given a copy of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
The Voorhees Classics Program is a reading across the curriculum strategy that focuses on variations of activities pertinent to African American heritage and the use of technology in teaching and learning.



The program primarily facilitates faculty and students in becoming a virtual group of learners through a connected learning community. This online method aims to heighten critical thinking skills and increase knowledge of the African American culture. Successful completion of required activities encourages students to create a “Literary Fire Series” (annotated bibliography) of their own that can be shared with families and friends.
The Voorhees Classics “Literary Fire Series” is a collection of 100 books that the faculty have read and deemed the most important literary works on African American culture over the last 200 years. The Voorhees Classics explores the unique experiences of both Africans and African Americans in America.



For additional information regarding this program contact Ms. Small at 803.703.7080 or small@voorhees.edu.


Voorhees College is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church. From its founding in 1897, Voorhees has evolved into a leading four-year liberal arts college fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Voorhees is fully committed to its mission to meet the highest standards for educating the minds, hearts, and spirits of young men and women. Additional information about Voorhees College can be found on the Web at www.voorhees.edu
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