Dr. Mary Black
Dr. Mary Wilson Black has had a successful career in education as a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle, high school, technical institute, and university levels. She has also served as an assistant principal and most notably the first female African-American principal of Ferguson-Easley Elementary School. Dr. Black’s past experiences include an Adjunct Professor at Fayetteville State University and the Director of Elementary Education and the Director for Schools in Cumberland County.
Dr. Black received her bachelor’s degree in French from Albany State University. She received her master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC.
Dr. Black has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the “Wachovia South Central Region Principal of the Year” and the “Wachovia Principal of the Year” for Cumberland County Schools. She also holds the titles for the Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year and Cumberland County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Dr. Black is the co-founder and visionary of the PRIDE PACT Leadership Academy for Girls since 2007. In 2018, she was selected to serve on the Cumberland County Board for the United Way and the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Bragg.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington recognized her with the Razor Walker Award for vision, tenacity, courage, and sacrifice in service to children and youth in North Carolina, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority honored her with the Trailblazers Award in 2010, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in Oklahoma, recognized her with the Educator’s Award for her services to students and families. Her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. honored her with The Humanitarian and Caring Soror Award in 2009 and The Eula Edmonds Glover Award for volunteer community service in April 2011. The late Mayor J.L. Dawkins Proclaimed November 19, 1993, as Mary A. Black’s Day in Fayetteville, NC when she was named the Southeast Regional Principal of the Year. She has also been recognized as a Living Legends Award recipient by Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and most recently awarded the Marvin R. Pittman Champions for Education Award by the NC Department of Public Instruction.