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Cheyney University National Alumni Association Life Members Luncheon

October 18, 2013

Fourteen Life Members were inducted into the Cheyney University National Alumni Association on Friday October 18.

Fourteen Life Members were inducted into the Cheyney University National Alumni Association on Friday October 18.

The Cheyney University National Alumni Association hosted the annual Life Members Luncheon on Friday October 18 at Carnegie Hall.  CUNAA's Maxine S. Coleman, Class of 1965, was Mistress of Ceremonies.

Fourteen honorees were recognized, including Sheree Monroe, Class of 2004, Antonio Singletary, 1981, Junious "Rick" Stanton, 1969, Sonja Harmon Stanton, 1969, Gaynelle Lewis Turner, 1973, Kathryn Clark Benjamin, 1979, Charles Williams, 1969, Emerson Davis, 1999, John E. Izard, Jr., 1968, Marion Haliburton, 1970, Edmund "Rusty" Drake, 1968, Matthew Thomas Jr., 1977, Keith Singletary and Mary Hill Davis.
 
Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital greeted the guests and introduced the Cheyney University Choral Group which performed under the direction of Marques L. A. Garret.  Soloists included Shakahyla Harris and Bryan Irving, II. Desmond King, 2013 Mr. Blue and White,  gave the invocation.

University Archivist, Keith Bingham, delivered the Keynote Address, Keeping the Legacy Alive.  He opened his remarks with a description of the challenges that Hugh M. Browne, the Institute for Colored Youth (later Cheyney) principal had in getting the library built in 1909. To Browne's credit, the library at the Institute (ICY) was built and is the only library at an HBCU ever funded by  Carnegie.

Bingham allowed that the University Archives are unmatched by any other HBCU. Within its holdings are the collections of Booker T. Washington, President Hugh Brown, Professor Edythe Bagley and the library of alumna Dr. Shirley Turpin Parham.  The first President, Leslie Pinckney Hill, was a volumninous collector who kept thorough records, which remain in the library's care.  The William H. Dorsey collection of 388 scrapbooks, are held in the archives and are researched regularly by scholars.

Barbara Daniel Cox, '66, offered closing remarks.