Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute



The ‘Cultural Heritage’ Leadership Academy


An integral part of Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute, the goal of this program is to reinforce the Institute’s mission of creating cultural ambassadors for the world and to develop leaders with character and leadership skills.  The focus will be teaching that next generation of leaders from a cultural perspective and to use proven historical experiences as a teaching foundation and as inspiration to prepare the student to appreciate their responsibilities and seek out opportunities that will make their community and the world a better place. The ultimate vision of the Pan African Cultural Heritage Leadership Academy is to make clear that the power of leadership comes with the responsibility of a deep appreciation for other cultures and to assist each student in discovering and developing their unique leadership skill and vision of the world. 


She has published numerous scholarly research articles in both national and international journals, and is the recipient of many honors and awards including induction into the prestigious Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Society.  She is also the founding Executive Director of the National Black Graduate Student Association, Inc. Dr. Gray has generated close to 10 million dollars in external research funds.  Her research has been funded by The National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the U. S. Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, and the Kellogg Foundation.  During her tenure as Vice President for Research at Florida A & M University, faculty generated over $60 million in single-year funds and over $100 million in multi-year funds, within one year. Dr. Gray is uniquely qualified and versed in all aspects of the Pan African Culture and Heritage.  The Academy is a “MUST EXPERIENCE” for all leaders in government, academia, faith, business, and community!



 Dr. Phyllis Gray Ray, PhD






The leadership course curriculum will primarily be based from the research work of Dr. Phyllis Gray and her current book, From Imagining to Understanding the African American Experience, published in August, 2012.  Dr. Gray is currently Professor of Sociology and Social Psychology at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL.  Previously, she served as the Vice President for Research, and then as the Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Research Institute at Florida A & M University.  Other positions include, being the Chief Research Officer and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Winston-Salem State University; Head of the Division of Social Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Voorhees College; Professor and Research Director of the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi; The City of Jackson (Mississippi)Chief  Strategic Planner/Consultant for the city’s 2000 – 2004 Strategic Plan; Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Research Center at Jackson State University; Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University; Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Sociology/Criminology, and Coordinator of the Mississippi Crime and Justice Research Unit of the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University, as well as an Instructor of Sociology at Iowa State University.  Dr. Gray has produced approximately 20 professional research final reports, 8 major strategic plans, and presented nearly 60 papers at national and international conferences.



"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.








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