Voorhees Honors Day Convocation features renowned actress

April 1, 2013

On Thursday, April 4, at 2 p.m. in Massachusetts Hall Auditorium, Voorhees will host its annual Honors Day Convocation to recognize its community of scholars. The guest speaker for convocation will be Angela Ray, an African American award winning speaker, actress and author.

Her film and television credits include “One Tree Hill,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Louis,” where she played the role of Louis Armstrong’s mother.  Ray is the author “Rays of Motivation,”  “Blackberry Whispers” and “Rehearsing for the Leading Role: Lessons I Learned as an Actress That Will Help You Become a Megastar Student Leader.”  She has written two full length plays, “Loved Ones” and “Aluta Continua,” which was presented in conjunction with the University of North Carolina’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Ray has always had a heart for young people.  She has held positions as an instructor for Spirit House, the Upward Bound Program, and the Southeast Raleigh School of the Arts.  She taught writing and drama for Duke University’s youth programs for seven years. Also, she is the founder of Mahogany Dime Awards, a foundation that celebrates the achievements of African American women across the state of North Carolina.

She is a proud alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with honors with a degree in radio, television, motion pictures and speech communication.   Ray is a life member of the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she is a diamond life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.   Convocation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Teesa Brunson, director of communications, at 803-780-1194 or at