Joyceann Gray is honorably retired from United States Army after 20 years, during which time she was most notably recognized for her two-year tenure as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Fort Gordon Protocol Office. During her tours of field duty, she served as Communications Chief, and Platoon Sergeant. Concurrently, as a resident of Augusta, GA., she served as the Director of Augusta’s Heritage Unity Festival, Georgia’s largest festival second only to the Olympics. This commitment to the community culminated with the Mayor of Augusta declaring 18 July as Annual Unity Day for the City.
After retirement from the military, she went on to work with her brother increasing B.P. & Associates, a real estate appraisal firm, from a three (3) person operation up to a twenty-five (25) member firm with accredited courses offered. After 40 years in the work force, Mrs. Gray retired again and began devoting her time to historical research and the genealogy of her family. At the same time obtaining her Masters in Psychology.
She has written three books, one of which, DeWitty & Now We Speak, has received a prestigious award from the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and presented some of her work at their annual conference. Her most recent endeavor is Proofing the Claim about the Black Nebraska Homesteaders. She has accepted the call for contributing to Blackpast.org with submitting numerous writeups on Black female Ambassadors and other notable Black Doctors, Politicians and Educators.