Alumni Mark the 60th Anniversary of the First African American Graduate at the Nation’s Oldest Public University

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Angela Ray of Angela Ray International will emcee the Light on the Hill Scholarship Banquet as a part of this year’s Black Alumni Reunion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Homecoming 2012

Angela Ray as she emceed a charity reception

Honestly, I just love Carolina, so I always welcome any opportunity to come back and serve

Angela Ray of Angela Ray International LLC will emcee the Light on the Hill Scholarship Banquet on Friday, November 9, 2012, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Chapel Hill. The banquet is just one of the events of the Black Alumni Reunion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Held annually since 2005, the banquet serves as a tribute to Carolina’s earliest African American graduates. Founding members of the scholarship contributed $1952.00 each, representing the 1952 class year of Harvey Beech, UNC’s first black graduate.

NFL star and UNC graduate Julius Peppers donated $250,000 to the scholarship fund on August 18, 2012. In 2009, he made his first gift of $100,000 to the scholarship fund which created the LOTH Peppers scholarship.

“I am very honored and humbled to be selected as this year’s emcee of such a historic and important event,” Ray said. “Honestly, I just love Carolina, so I always welcome any opportunity to come back and serve.”

“She came highly recommended,” said Rita Joyner, event organizer for the scholarship banquet. Joyner, a graduate of the School of Education at UNC, has worked with the Light on the Hill Scholarship Banquet for several years.

No stranger to being in front of an audience, Ray is speaker, actress, and author. While at UNC, she majored in Radio, Television, Motion Pictures and Speech Communication. Since graduating she has gone on to inspire audiences from coast to coast. In addition, she has landed roles in television and films including the hit television shows, One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek.

Because of the efforts of Beech and those who integrated the law school with him, UNC today boasts a number of very successful African-American alumni including:

  •     Paula Newsome, the first African-American woman optometrist to open a practice in North Carolina;
  •     Kwame Jackson, owner of Krimson by Kwame and finalist on the first season of The Apprentice;
  •     Rick Fox, actor and former NBA player;
  •     Patricia Timmons Goodson, the first African American woman to sit on North Carolina’s highest court;
  •     Stuart Scott, ESPN analyst;
  •     Michael Jordan, arguably one of the best basketball players of all time, just to name a few.

This year’s honorees for the Light on the Hill Scholarship Banquet include James A. Garris (class of 1969), Robert M. Seldon, III (class of 1994), Keith A. Sutton (class of 1992), Anita B. Walton (class of 1992), and Kenneth A. Ward (class of 1984). The Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award will be given to Vergie A. Taylor.

About UNC
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the nation’s oldest public university. The Black Alumni Reunion is the oldest and largest affinity reunions in the country. Established in 1980, BAR recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

The Light on the Hill Society Scholarship serves as a tribute to UNC’s earliest African-American graduates. The scholarship is administered by the Light on the Hill Society Board of Directors, and supported by the UNC General Alumni Association.

About Angela Ray International LLC
Angela Ray International LLC is a consulting company designed to empower individuals and organizations. Through live presentations, books, at home study courses, and coaching, the company seeks to help transform lives and equip audiences with the tools to create their own success.

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