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Yellowhammer State is filled with great African American leaders from the past, present, and future. We thank our West Alabama community partners, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter for their continued support.

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Black History Maker of Alabama - Moses Hopson, III

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Courtesy, Moses Hopson, III

Moses Hopson, III is the Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Leadership at Stillman College at just 30 years old. He provides a unique approach to the student experience by developing programs and activities that are relatable and inspirational. He believes that every student should feel a sense of belonging no matter their race, gender, religious belief or sexual orientation. As a student life director he supports and manages student activities, clubs, organizations and fraternities & sororities.

Hopson’s commitment to service and community involvement is demonstrated through his affiliations as well. He served as the student body vice president during his undergrad years at Stillman and was very active around campus. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Having served as the undergraduate chapter president of the Gamma Chi chapter in 2020-21 and now one of the collegiate advisors has helped shape the chapter for a new generation of men at Stillman. He is also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society.

When I think of black history I think of people like James Baldwin who not only raised racial
awareness but had the audacity to raise awareness of sexual oppression as an openly gay black man in a time where it was taboo and we were taught to be silent. I also think of people like Harriet Tubman, Huey P. Newton and Fred Hampton who challenged the status quo and demanded change. I hope to be an inspiration to all and encourage people to stand for what they believe in and not to be afraid to be themselves. - Moses Hopson Jr.

Hopson is talented in Digital media where he does freelance videography. I picked up a camera at an early age. I can remember walking around with my OG camcorder in the mid 2000s recording my family. His dream career is to be a film director and professor. This summer he will begin pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in Film. Some of his biggest inspirations in the industry are: Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe, Robert Townsend, Spike Lee, Queer icon, T.S. Madison and Rap Legend, Nicki Minaj.

Hopson was born in Chicago, IL where his parents Moses Hopson Jr. and Ethel Hopson lived for about 20 years in the eighties and early nineties after leaving Alabama for better opportunities.

They later moved back to Newbern, AL where he and his sister Brittany Hopson were raised. Hopson credits his parents who taught him hard work and love and compassion for others. He holds a bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from Stillman College.

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2022 Black History Makers of Alabama

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