William Gray III's Headshot

William Gray III

- Panelist Blurb

William H. Gray III reigned as the third most powerful member of the House of Representatives until he resigned in 1991 to become president of the United Negro College Fund. A leading spokesman on U.S. Policy in Africa, he authored the House version of the Anti-Apartheid Acts of 1985 and 1986 and wrote the bill that established the African Development Foundation in 1980. Gray's High profile as Chairman and member of numerous committees, subcommittees and caucuses throughout the 1980s, as a former college professor and active Baptist minister and experience as an educator with unfailing dedication to the betterment of African Americans resulted ins his selection to lead the United Negro College Fund.

Gray received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1963 and his graduate degrees from Drew Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1966 and 1970 respectively.

NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum playbill for "Focus on Race Relations" on May 22, 1993.