Cheyney University presents an evening with Angela Davis to benefit the Keystone Honors Academy

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania will host An Evening with Angela Davis, a benefit event in support of the Keystone Honors Academy on Thursday, April 17. 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 Music Center Auditorium. Sponsorship packages are available at many levels and capacities, and all proceeds from the event will benefit students in the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University.

Angela Davis is an educator, scholar, activist and author who 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. Davis gained national attention in 1969 after being removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Department at UCLA as a result of her social activism and her membership in the Communist Party. In 1970, Davis became the third woman in history to appear on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List, on false charges, after the failed prison break of the Soledad Brothers. Davis was the subject of an intense police search that drove her underground and culminated in one of the most famous trials in U.S. history. During her 18-month incarceration, a massive international “Free Angela Davis” campaign was organized. Davis used the momentum of the campaign to found the “National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression,” which remains active today. The “Free Angela Davis” campaign lead to her acquittal in 1972. Presently, Davis is a retired professor from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught courses on the History of Consciousness.

Davis is the author of eight books, including her most recent work, The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues (2012). She is currently completing a book on Prisons and American History. Davis’ life and work have been dedicated to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural, and sexual freedom in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement. She is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions.

An Evening with Dr. Angela Davis is anticipated to 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. Tickets to the lecture cost $30 and $100 for the VIP reception and lecture. To purchase tickets, visit http://keystonehonorsacademy.ticketleap.com/angela-davis/ To become a sponsor, contact Larry Green, Assistant Vice President of Advancement at lgreen@cheyney.edu or 610-399-2131.

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.

Recognized as the first institution of higher learning for African Americans, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, a liberal arts university, hosts additional signature programs such as the Call Me Mister teaching program, the Aquaculture Research and Teaching Laboratory and the accredited Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program. The University offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at two locations, Cheyney and Philadelphia, PA – Center City. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.cheyney.edu. For more information on this and other Cheyney University events, please contact Gwen Owens, Director of Public Relations, 610-399-2121 or via email at gowens@cheyney.edu.