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Reverend Justin Emanuel Wade Keynotes Annual MLK Day Program 

Denmark, S.C. – Reverend Justin Emanuel Wade, keynote speaker for Voorhees University’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, is a native of the Bronx, New York, and now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wade, associate minister at The Rush Metropolitan AME Zion church located in Raleigh, North Carolina, charged Voorhees students to do justice, love mercy, and walk humble. The assembly took place in Massachusetts Hall on January 19.

“It’s one thing to preach a word, but another thing to practice what you preach. You can’t pick a day to do justice. Your life must be committed to it.” he said.

President and founder of two Conferences, Next Generation Expository and The Forward Focus Youth Empowerment, Wade believes that it is our job as a nation to continue the roles of our ancestors and produce a generation that will break cycles.

“When you walk humbly with God, people are more important than your ego. A visible demonstration of your love for God is all in how you treat people. It is important to treat others in only a way that he would want you to do.” he mentioned.

Voorhees University president Ronnie Hopkins expressed his gratitude for Wade’s powerful message to the institution.  “You have enlightened us to continue to hold a light. As you follow your ordained steps, we ask you to continue holding your light, and hold it high.” Hopkins said.

Wade is a graduate of Livingstone College, where the scholar received his bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy. He is currently a student enrolled at Duke University’s School of Divinity, receiving his master’s and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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

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