Thursday, May 26, 2011

Just Call Her Dr. T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh

Your Black World reports

Last week, May 16th, in their annual commencement ceremony Florida A & M University (FAMU) bestowed on T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh its highest and most prestigious honor: An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Keymáh, star of television's In Living Color, Cosby, and That's So Raven personally accepted the honor held recently in Tallahassee, Florida.

"I can't begin to describe how pleased I am to have been chosen for this esteemed honor," said Dr. Keymáh. "It is truly overwhelming for FAMU's Board of Trustees, and President James H. Ammons to believe I am worthy of the school's highest honor...I am grateful and deeply humbled."

Since graduating Cum Laude in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in theater, Keymáh has established and funded the T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Theatre Scholarship at FAMU. The state's fifty percent endowment of the gift brings the scholarship total to $150,000. In addition, Keymáh has been named one of 100 Most Influential FAMUans of the Century. In 1999, then FAMU President Dr. Frederick Humphries conferred upon her the Special President's Meritorious Award, the school's second highest honor.

Keymáh's career has landed her roles on Fox's Emmy Award-winning sketch variety show, In Living Color (five seasons), CBS' hit, COSBY (four seasons), and Disney's That's So Raven (three seasons). Keymáh, along with Meet the Browns actor Lamman Rucker, will serve as Celebrity Co-chairs for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) which will run from Monday, August 1 - August 6, 2011 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. NBTF is one of the nation's largest and most prestigious black theatre events of its kind. This summer, Keymáh will release the anticipated second edition of her popular book, Natural Woman, Natural Hair.

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