An evening with Dr. Maya Angelou


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Thursday, March 22, 2012. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania will present an Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou, a charitable 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 a lecture at 7:00 PM. The lecture by Dr. Angelou will take place in the Marian Anderson Auditorium. Dr. Angelou is not scheduled to appear on the dinner program. Due to construction on our campus, there is limited accessibility to the dinner venue; if you need assistance, please call 610-399-2386 for alternative arrangements.

Sponsorship packages are available at many levels and capacities, and all proceeds from the event will benefit students in Cheyney University’s honors program. For information about sponsorships, please contact Mandy Santiago, Director of Development at 610-399-2154.

All ticket sales are final; in the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, all activities will be rescheduled.

Tickets may be purchased online, or onsite at the Cheyney University Office of the Bursar (First Floor, Wade Wilson Building). For more information call 610-399-2121.

Ticket Information:    

Lecture only:

Cheyney University Students, Faculty & Staff                                     $20 per person

All other guests                                                                                $30 per person


Lecture and VIP Dinner Reception:

Cheyney University Students, Faculty & Staff                                     $80 per person

All other guests                                                                                $100 per person


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About “An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou”

Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time.  Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist and educator.  She is widely recognized for her series of six autobiographical volumes and the highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which was nominated for a National Book Award. The list of her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction includes more than 30 bestselling titles.  She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie. In 1993, Angelou recited the original piece, "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. She is recognized for having the longest-running record (two years) on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List. She is currently the Lifetime Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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 Dr. Maya Angelou is an exceptional opportunity for members of the honors academy and extended campus community to interact with the renowned author and educator.  Dr. Angelou encompasses the brilliance and standards to which the Keystone Honors Academy aspires.  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 Pennsylvania Department of Education Higher Education Assistance Grant.