Brother Reverend Herman "Skip" Mason, Jr., is the 33rd General President-Elect of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is the Vice President of Student Services at Morehouse College in Atlanta and the holds the endowed directorship as the Edward and Hermese Director of Morehouse College’s Learning Resource Center. He is a graduate of Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University
Brother Mason has authored several books and produced various videos including: Going Against the Wind: A History of African Americans in Atlanta; Black Atlanta in the Roaring Twenties; African-American Life in Jacksonville, Florida; The History of Black Entertainment in Atlanta; and History of African-American in DeKalb County, African-American Life in East Point and Washington, Georgia and the Talented Tenth: The Founders and Presidents of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Brother Mason served as the historian and guide for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Birth home and has conducted extensive research on the Atlanta years of Dr. King and his involvement with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
He has also served as a consultant and curator on numerous projects and exhibits documenting the African-American experience including PBS, the American Experience and HBO. He served as a consultant and researcher for the documentary “Alpha Phi Alpha: A Century of Leadership. He is a frequent guest on radio and television shows including the Tom Joyner Show, CNN and Turner network discussing the history of African-Americans. He is also the owner of Skip Mason Archives (formerly known as Digging It Up), a company that supplies visual images to historical projects.
Brother Mason was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha in the spring of 1982 at Iota Chapter at Morris Brown College and served as Chapter President. During his tenure as President, the chapter was honored as the Georgia College Chapter of the year. He is a Life Member of the fraternity and has served actively on numerous committees and commissions.
He served as the Chairman of the National Historical Commission and was the curator of the Centennial Traveling Exhibition, which opened in July of 2006 during the Centennial Convention in Washington, D.C. He is the 1989 National Alumni Brother of the Year and former President of Eta Lambda Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia. During his administration as President of Eta Lambda Chapter, he led the chapter to selling a former elementary school to a charter school where the chapter netted profits of over 1.3 million dollars.
He is proud of the fact that he has been to 25 consecutive National Convention in his 25 years as a member of the fraternity. He is a noted authority on the lives of the “Jewels” of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and conducts workshops and lectures throughout the country. His historical emails and Skip’s Historical Moments are legendary throughout the fraternity’s various list serves.
His memberships are numerous including the NAACP (where he serves on the Board of the Atlanta branch), the Society of American Archivists, Leadership Atlanta , Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (the Boule) and the St. James Lodge No. 4 of the Prince Hall
In spite all his accomplishments, Brother Mason's greatest joy comes as the husband of Harmel Codi Mason and as the father of their children Jewel, Jodari and nephew Isaiah.