Moses W. Gray


Bicentennial Medal (2019)
Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2016)
Indiana University Bloomington
Z.G. Clevenger Award (1995)
B.S., 1969


Moses Gray is a retired General Motors employee, but it is his work outside of the plant in Indianapolis that brought him widespread community acclaim.

Gray's work toward acquiring families for adoptable black children has been recognized through the Moses William Gray Award, initiated in 1986 by the staffs of Homes for Black Children and the Children's Bureau. His many honors include B'nai B'rith Man of the Year in 1974, the General Motors Award for Excellence in Community Service gold medal in 1978, a national Chivas Regal Extrapreneur Award in 1990 and the National Black Police Officers Community Service Award in 2015.

His many affiliations include the Wilma Rudolph Foundation, national secretary for eight years of 100 Black Men of America Inc., president of the State Council on Adoptable Children in 1972, president of the Black Adoption Committee in 1973 and inaugural president of the Indiana Association for the Rights of Children in 1974.

Gray played football at IU and professionally for the Indianapolis Warriors and the New York Titans. He is a member of the I Association and a chairman for IU's Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. He chaired the center's fundraising committee.

He joined Detroit Diesel Allison as an inspector in 1962 and worked his way up through the ranks, retiring in 1992 as general superintendent of manufacturing plants in Speedway.