Achievements & Recognitions

Dr. Ray received a distinguished appointment by Governor Phil Bredesen to the Governor's Advisory Council on Alternative Education, where he served from 2006 until 2014. He was also honored as an inductee to the University of Memphis College of Education and Health Sciences Hall of Fame. In addition, Dr. Ray has been the recipient of countless awards and accolades for his illustrious career accomplishments, including the 2019 University of Memphis Black Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus, the Living Legend Award presented by the State of Tennessee House of Representatives, the “Outstanding Young Educator Award” by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), for which he was featured in Educational Leadership Publication; and the 2016 “Friend of Education Award” from the Memphis Shelby County Education Association (MSCEA).

Dr. Ray is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Kappa Beta Chapter) and he continues to contribute to the organization’s continuous efforts to support local youth by mentoring the young men of that chapter on the campus of the University of Memphis. Also, Dr. Ray currently serves as an Executive Board Member and Scout Night Chairman for the Boys Scout of America- Chickasaw Council in Memphis, TN.


University of Memphis Black Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus
University of Memphis Black Alumni Association
February 2019


African American History Legacy In Education Award
Businesses United to Recognize Educators
February 2019


Living Legend Award
State of Tennessee House of Representatives
March 2019


Stolen Education Excellence in Education Award
Many Thousand Gone Abundant Grace Fellowship
April 2019


Pioneer of Justice Award
Memphis Restorative Justice Coalition
May 2019


Pioneer of the Year 2018-19
Building Blocks Mentoring Program
July 2019


MBJ Power 100
Memphis Business Journal
July 2019


Friend of Children Award
TN Association of School Social Workers
September 2019


Citizen of the Year Award
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity-Memphis Chapter
November 2019


Roosevelt Todd Award for Education
Teamsters National Black Caucus of Memphis
November 2019


African American Male Image Award for Education
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc- Memphis
November 2019


Living Legend Award
National Alliance of Black School Educators
November 2019


West TN Supervisor of the Year
Tennessee Principals Association
November 2019


Jesse H. Turner Sr. Award
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Memphis Alumni Chapter
January 2020


Kappa Man of the Year
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Memphis Alumni Chapter
January 2020


The Educator Award
University of Memphis Chapter NAACP
February 2020


Who's Who In Memphis
Memphis The City Magazine
August 2020