The opening convocation commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the civil rights movement and features guest speaker Frederick Haynes III, an author, radio show host and senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas.
Haynes earned a bachelor’s degree from Bishop College, a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
As a pastor at Friendship-West for nearly three decades, Haynes has grown the congregation from hundreds to more than 12,000 by leading with a commitment to Christ, a passion for people and yearning for community transformation.
He also serves in a variety of leadership roles for numerous organizations as trustee chair for the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, on the board of directors for the National Action Network and on the board of directors for the Conference of National Black Churches.
“Talladega College is very happy to have Dr. Haynes, especially since it’s the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement,” Vice President of Institutional Advancement Tysus Jackson said. “He is a leading theologian with a rich understanding of the history behind the civil rights movement. I’m sure he will deliver a powerful message to our student body and staff.”