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An Evening with Angela Davis: A Program Presented to Support the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University

April 7, 2014

On April 17, 2014 Cheyney University of Pennsylvania will present An Evening with Angela Davis, a benefit event in support of the Keystone Honors Academy. The event will take place on the historic Cheyney University campus and will entail a dinner reception at 5:00 PM in the Carnegie Great Room and at 7:00 PM, a lecture presented by Dr. Davis, which will take place in the Marian Anderson Auditorium.

Tickets are still available for purchases, as well as sponsorship packages. All proceeds from the event will benefit students in the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University.

Angela Davis is an educator, scholar and author who is well known for her role in the civil rights movement. She is committed to a number of related social justice issues, including poverty, educational access, and gender inequity. In her youth, she experienced extreme forms of racial prejudice and discrimination in her home state of Alabama. Davis attended Brandeis University where she received a full scholarship and studied philosophy with the distinguished philosopher, Herbert Marcuse. As a graduate student in the late 1960s at the University of California in San Diego, she emerged as a nationally prominent activist through her social engagement work with several organizations. Dr. Davis is a retired professor from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught courses on the history of consciousness. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race, and Class (1980) and The Meaning of Freedom (2012).

The Keystone Honors Academy is Cheyney University’s centerpiece program, providing a unique educational experience for academically gifted students. Annually, scholarship funds enable 150 Keystone Honors Academy students to pursue their educational and professional dreams. Many of these students would not be able to pursue a college degree without scholarship support. The honors academy’s persistence rate is 82% and the program graduates students at a rate that is twice that of the national average for African Americans. There are more than 500 alumni of the Keystone Honors Academy, and they are employed in the public and private sectors, spanning the fields of medicine and health, business, law, education, and public administration.

An Evening with Angela Davis is an exceptional opportunity for members of the honors academy and extended campus community to interact with the renowned scholar and activist. It is anticipated that the evening will help create a sustaining legacy for the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University. The event is partially supported through a number of donations from foundations and private donors.

For sponsorship information, contact Larry Green at 610-399-2137 or lgreen@cheyney.edu.  The event is open to the public and the Cheyney University community.  Tickets can be purchased at keystonehonorsacademy.ticketleap.com/angela-davis/.  For media coverage of the event, call 610-399-2121.