Dr. Nay Malloy Howell
804 Thornberry Court
Spring Hope, NC 27882
“Be the Change…”
Our speaker, a native of Durham, North Carolina, has been a civil rights and social change trailblazer since junior high school. At age 13, she and her three younger sisters integrated Lowe’s Grove Elementary School in Durham, a previously all White school.
After breaking many barriers of discrimination during her formative school years, their family learned to build bridges between disparate groups of people, based on race, age, and class particularly. These experiences set the stage for a life of advocacy for disenfranchised people. During college and law school careers, she served people and began community organizing for social change.
Struck by the enormity of institutional barriers to freedom, Nay viewed the law as a means to right some wrongs and to educate people so that they would not need her skills as an attorney. Graduating from the UNC School of Law in 1979, she set about doing that through the Legal Aid Society of North Carolina as a Staff Associate Attorney, a Family Housing Counselor, and a university professor at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. Nay viewed her role as a professor as one that would teach life skills and equip college students and community residents to find their path to aiding people in communities.
During her years as a administrator in the largest school district in NC from 1988-1998, Nay began to facilitate workshops, seminars, and provide keynote addresses about cultural diversity, multicultural education, effective ways to identify and address institutional barriers in companies, hospitals and city agencies.
Her goals are to: Equip, lead, guide, and prepare, using strategic planning skill sets.
Deeply involved in community work Nay has been heralded for her commitment, involvement, and drive. She was awarded a “Keeper of the Dream” award by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK Community Observance Committee; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s “Heroes for Youth” Award, facilitator for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Eckerd College’s Community Servant Award (St. Petersburg, Florida), one of the facilitators for the 26th Judicial District series of diversity workshops and planning sessions, Davidson College’s “Lifetime Achievement in Education Award, and NCAEP Support Administrator of the Year (North Carolina Association of Educators).
“Dr. Nay” has enjoyed careers as a Legal Aid staff associate attorney, Johnson C. Smith University professor, housing counselor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ administrator, YMCA of the USA’s national diversity consultant, domestic violence advocate, private consultant and entrepreneur.
Since 2019, she and husband, Dr. John W. Howell, Jr., have pastored Jesus Christ is the Way Anointed Worship and Deliverance Center. They know that real change begins in our hearts.
“My earthly degrees are important in that they have placed me before people I would not have met to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, my spiritual degrees are far more important than those. They are:
I received my BA = Born Again child of God at the age of 6
I received my BHS = Baptism with the Holy Spirit at age 23 while in law school, and
I’m working on my PHD = Praising Him Daily!”