Actor Malik Yoba will address Livingstone College’s graduating class

Livingstone College has found a commencement speaker in actor Malik Yoba. 

Yoba is known for his roles in the films Cool Runnings, Why Did I Get Married, Why Did I Get Married Too, and the TV show New York Undercover. 

Yoba is a three-time winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor. 

Why it matters: This will be the last commencement ceremony overseen by current Livingstone President Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. before he retires this summer. 

Jenkins said in a statement that he will join the graduating class in entering a “new phase,” and that he looks forward to Yoba’s participation. 

Other participants in the ceremony include: 

  • Jewel Howard-Taylor, vice president of the Republic of Liberia.
  • Presiding Elder Joyce Smith of the Oregon-Washington Cascade District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (A.M.E. Zion) Church.
  • Dr. Takis Etim Caiafas of the Eastern West Africa Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Church.

The May 14 ceremony will be the first held on the university’s historic front lawn, where America’s first Black college football game took place. 

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