Kenjuana McCray

Kenjuana McCray

I am a North Carolinian, born and bred, with Tarboro as my birthplace.  I have had the honor to live in Hope Mills, Fayetteville and Spring Lake. My early childhood from age three until ten were spent in Spring Lake after my father, Waverly Daniels was stationed at Fort Bragg and at ten, we moved to Lafayette Village off Hope Mills Road. In 2007 my husband and I purchased a home in Hope Mills.
I am a North Carolinian, born and bred, with Tarboro as my birthplace. I have had the honor to live in Hope Mills, Fayetteville and Spring Lake. My early childhood from age three until ten were spent in Spring Lake after my father, Waverly Daniels was stationed at Fort Bragg and at ten, we moved to Lafayette Village off Hope Mills Road. In 2007 my husband and I purchased a home in Hope Mills.

I graduated from Douglas Byrd High School in 1996 and earned an Associate in Arts Degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1998.  I then transferred to Fayetteville State University, earning both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Sociology.  In order to remain in the community, I completed my Doctorate in Education from Capella University in Education online from Capella University.  I am the  mother to Waverly “Zaire”, a 2016 graduate of South View High School and UNCG  and Amaya, who is currently attending Rockfish Elementary. 

Mahatma Ghandi also said that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of other” and this has been a driving principle in my life. Currently I am Program Coordinator for Sociology and Political Science and one the Lead Coordinators of Social Sciences and Humanities at FTCC where I have worked for 13 years. 

This past year in 2019 I was elected as the first African- American elected offical in the Town of Hope Mills. I am also the first female Mayor Pro-Tem in Hope Mills.  In 2017, I was blessed to be honored as Fayetteville Observer 2017’s, “40 Under 40” and in 2018 I was named the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Recipient at FTCC.   I am member of the local and national Fayetteville State Alumni Chapter. I have served as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and have dedicated over 100 hours of volunteerism to the program advocating for children in foster care. I am a 2012 graduate of the Institute Community Leadership (ICL) program that seeks to build leaders and give back to the community.  I am also a 2017 graduate of the United Way Leadership Program of Fayetteville. I am a graduate of the Hope Mills Second Citizens Academy.

Additionally, I serve on the board of trustees and the secretary for the Fayetteville Arts Council. Before the election I served on the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Vice President of the Festival Committee of Hope Mills. I am a co-leader of the the Lewis Chapel Girl Scout Troop 1804.

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