Tokeya C. Graham, an associate professor in the English and Philosophy Department at Monroe Community College, is the 2019 recipient of the Keeper of the Flame Award given by the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The award honors the community impact and contribution of an individual, group, organization, exhibit or project. It recognizes the relationship to the sorority’s national Five-Point Programmatic Thrust: educational development, political awareness and involvement, economic development, physical and mental health and international awareness and involvement.
Graham is known for her efforts to prepare and equip the next level community leaders, particularly in the African American community.
She is the founder of We All Write, an African American female writing collective that focuses on the challenges, successes and triumphs of African American women.
Graham also founded Charity ROCs, a nonprofit organization through which Rochester residents collectively donate and support minority and female-focused causes, families and individuals.
She is the chairwoman of the Girl’s Literacy After School Program and the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley’s Voices of Experience Program. A speaker on race, literature, education and women’s issue, Graham also is the host of WAYO LP, 104.3 FM and WGMC Jazz and 90.1 FM’s “Soulstainable Living” weekly radio show. At MCC, Graham serves the college in various capacities in addition to teaching. She is a member of the President’s Expanded Cabinet, the African American Affinity Group, the Diversity Council and the Creative Writing Committee. For the past several years, she has served as an adviser to the Black Student Union at the MCC Downtown Campus.
Graham also serves as an expert advisory panelist on the Democrat and Chronicle’s Time to Educate Project.