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William H. Gray, III (2009)

Louisiana Legends Gala



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-06-10

Duration: 00:06:46

Subjects: Gray, William H., III | United States. Congress. House | Politics | HIGHER EDUCATION | United Negro College Fund


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Hollins, Pamela Interviewee
  • Spikes, Dolores Interviewee
  • Yates, Marvin Interviewee
  • Gray, William H., III Speaker


This segment from the 2009 Louisiana Legends Gala features a profile and a speech by William H. Gray, III accepting his recognition as a Louisiana Legend. Gray, a native of Baton Rouge, served in the United States House of Representatives for Pennsylvania from 1979-1991 and became the first African American Majority Whip in 1989. He also worked as the President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund from 1991-2004. The profile includes interviews with: Dr. Pamela Hollins, his first cousin; Dr. Dolores Spikes, the former president of the Southern University System; and Dr. Marvin Yates, a former colleague at the United Negro College Fund. Host: Beth Courtney