Seventies film star pledges donation to UMES

Actress Pam Grier receives honorary degree as she stands beside former UMES President Thelma B. Thompson in 2011. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A local university may be receiving a donation from a 1970's film actress following the premiere of a documentary, which highlights the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

"Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities", a recent documentary that aired on PBS on Monday evening, had Twitter buzzing. Among the discussion, the tweets, and retweets, 47ABC found a tweet from Actress Pam Grier, who is widely known for her roles in 1970's blaxploitation films, stating that she plans to donate to a local Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

On Tuesday, Grier unveiled her plans to donate to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) which was founded in 1886 and is located in Princess Anne, MD. In her tweet, Grier says, " #HBCUGivingDay I plan to donate to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and to Langston University.  My brother-in-law went to Tuskegee University as well as the Screenwriter of my autobiography."

In March 2011, the actress received an honorary degree of humane letters as part of the spring celebrity fund-raising gala series which ended that same year.

On Wednesday, 47ABC reached out to UMES and Public Relations Director Bill Robinson says, " It was uplifting to see Ms. Grier mention the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on her social media page. Her public pledge to send UMES a donation is greatly appreciated, as we noted in our retweet. She was a gracious guest when she visited campus in 2011 and the university is honored that she holds it in such high regard that she would express her support with a gift."

The university has not yet received the donation and officials say the amount of the pledged donation will not be released, unless advised by the donor. 

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