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NCCU Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye Named Grand Marshal of Annual Black History Month Parade

Durham, NC – Spectacular Magazine is proud to announce that North Carolina Central University Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye will serve as Grand Marshal of the 16th Annual NC MLK Black History Month Parade & Block Party. The Parade & Block Party takes place on Feb. 3, 2018 on Fayetteville Street.

This year’s theme is “Remaining Awake Through the Great Revolution” – title of a sermon Dr. King delivered on March 31, 1968 at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC which he states, “And one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, the new situation demands.”

For the first time Block Parties have been added to the event  From 11 am – 4 pm four Block Parties will be set-up along Fayetteville Street with each including a DJ, Bounce Houses, Food Trucks, Vendors, Face Painting, and more, making this event “For the Entire Family For the Entire Day.”

The Parade kicks off at 12:00 pm. The Parade will line up at W. G. Pearson Elementary School (3501 Fayetteville Street), proceed 1.2 mile up Fayetteville Street (and past the Block Parties) and end at North Carolina Central University (corner of Lawson and Fayetteville Streets).

The Parade route will start at W. G. Pearson Elementary School (3501 Fayetteville Street) and end at North Carolina Central University (Lawson and Fayetteville Streets). Block Parties will  be set up in 4 locations along Fayetteville Street (Fayetteville St. School parking lot, CoCo Jazz & Art Center parking lot, NCCU Student Union parking lot – 1st two rows closest to Fayetteville Street, and Brant Street between Fayetteville & Concord).

To be a sponsor, register to participate in Parade, and/or be a vendor, kid activity provider or face painter,  visit

About Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D

chancellorJohnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., was elected as the 12th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on June 26, 2017. He was appointed Interim Chancellor in January 2017 after serving in the role of Acting Chancellor since August 2016. In these positions, Dr. Akinleye worked to expand the university’s academic partnerships, including new agreements with community colleges, as well as introduced to the campus a robust online, distance-education program, NCCU Online. He also created K-12 initiatives and implemented a security strategy to increase safety for campus constituents.

Dr. Akinleye arrived at NCCU in February 2013 to serve as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In that role, he established the Office of Faculty Professional Development and the Office of eLearning, successfully increased fulltime student enrollment and expanded the university’s degree offerings. He led the development of NCCU’s 2016-2021 Academic Strategic Plan aimed at raising the university’s national and international academic profile.

Prior to his arrival at NCCU, Dr. Akinleye served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs and Associate Vice Chancellor for External Programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). While at UNCW, he expanded distance education and online programs through a public-private partnership with the company Academic Partnerships. Consequently, UNCW was the first public university in North Carolina to launch such an innovative online venture.

As Interim Dean, he consolidated one school and two departments—the School of Nursing and the Departments of Health and Applied Human Sciences and Social Work—to create the newly formed College of Health and Human Services at UNCW.

Dr. Akinleye has attended several trainings and conferences focused on federal and legislative regulations and accreditation, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ (SACS) Committee Chairs Breakfast Roundtable. He also has served as chairman of On-Site Reaffirmation Committees for SACS. Additionally, he has participated in White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Akinleye has chaired a committee to create academic early-warning systems and mentoring programs for struggling college students.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and a master’s degree in media technology from Alabama A&M University, as well as a doctorate in human communications studies from Howard University. He has attended numerous leadership training programs, such as the Fellow in the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Harvard Graduate School of Education for Leadership, Management, and Administration of Higher Education, and the Rust Administrative Academy for Faculty Administration and Management of Higher Education.

Outside of his academic career, Dr. Akinleye is well known as a motivational speaker, consultant, writer, editor and documentarian who has produced works for independent and government agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is also active in civic, cultural and church-related organizations and business advisory groups. He serves on the boards of Made in Durham and Step Up Durham.

He is married to Juanita Akinleye, a registered nurse, and they have two adult children, Nikki and Peter.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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