Friday, May 11, 2018


Columbia, SC –Benedict College announced today that journalist, activist and humanitarian Shaun King will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 Spring Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium located at 2047 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204. The Commencement activities will begin at 9 a.m. King will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his civic and humanitarian work. 

“Shaun King’s voice on social media about relevant and critical social and civil justice issues in this time in our history positions him as the best speaker for this generation, and for the Benedict College Class of 2018,” said President and CEO of Benedict College, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. 

Jeffery Shaun King is a journalist, humanitarian and civil rights activist who is known for his use of social media to promote religious, charitable, and social causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement.  King is a political commentator for The Young Turks, columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence for Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. King has also been a contributing writer for Daily Kos and the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News.

Following his graduation from Morehouse College (2002), King became a motivational speaker and pastor of Total Grace Christian Center in Dekalb County, GA, setting the stage for his life’s work in helping and serving families and individuals in need across the globe.  In 2008, King founded Courageous Church (GA) and became known as the “Facebook Pastor” for his application of social media for community outreach. In March 2010, he founded, a subsidiary of Courageous Church, and used eBay and Twitter to raise $1.5 million to send tents to Haiti to help victims of the 2010 earthquake. In 2015, he wrote the self-help book The Power of 100. 

About Benedict College 

Founded in 1870, by a woman, Bathsheba Benedict, Benedict College is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution and home to over 2,100 students in its 32 baccalaureate degree programs. Over the last six years, Benedict College has been ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthlyfor creating social mobility, producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. Benedict has high-quality programs in STEM, Sports Management, Criminal Justice and Education.Benedict has over 17,000 proud alumni throughout the nation. The College has been leader in the community for over 148 years and is a major economic contributor to the region and South Carolina, with a local annual economic impact of over $130 million. The College is under the leadership of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, the Fourteenth and First-Female President of Benedict College. 


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