Black Wall Street COLUMBIA2016 to Recognize Dr. Vernon Gray, 10.27.16

(COLUMBIA, MD – October 19, 2016) – The next Bmorenews business networking event, Black Wall Street COLUMBIA2016, is set for next Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm. Honorees include Dr. Vernon Gray.

A very special thanks to Cain Contracting for assisting in what has become an annual event in Columbia, Maryland.


Dr. C. Vernon Gray is the former Administrator of the Howard County Office of Human Rights and also a retired professor of Political Science at Morgan State University, having taught there for more than three decades.  He specializes in American Politics to include Public Policy, Civil Liberties and Lobbying.  Dr. Gray has also been adjunct Professor at Howard University, Goucher College, UMBC and University of Maryland College Park.  He has been Assistant professor of Political Science at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Dr. Gray was the first African-American elected to the Howard County Council; He was elected in 1982 and served until 2002.  As a member of the Council, Dr. Gray focused on affordable housing, health care and minority business.  He was noted for his strong constituent service also.  He is past President of Maryland Association of Counties and National Association of Counties.  Dr. Gray also has served on the Foreign Service Selection Board at the U.S. State Department.

Dr. Gray participates in a wide array of community activities including serving on Boards of Director of Community Action Council, Healthy Families – Howard County and the First Tee of Howard County where he is the founder of these latter two programs.  Healthy Families provides service to first time mothers and the First Tee promotes character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf.  Also Dr. Gray holds a B.A. degree, Morgan State University, M.A., Atlanta University and PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Gray is a life member of the NAACP and for more than 30 years a member of St. John Baptist Church, where he served for 6 years on the Board of Trustees.  Dr. Gray is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule).

Dr. Gray lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Sandra Trice Gray, CAE former U.S. Assistant Commission of Education and Executive Assistant to Under Secretary of Education and currently, President Center Light and Love.  They have two children, Angela and Michael and one grandchild, William Parham, III.