Montgomery, September 23, 2002 . . . Alabama State Bar president Fred. D. Gray, of Tuskegee, was recently honored for his outstanding achievements in the area of civil rights during National Historical Black Colleges and Universities Week. Ambassador Leonard H. O. Spearman, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, stated that Grays untiring support towards breaking down barriers for those who will follow is greatly appreciated. Gray was recognized at the HBCU conference held in Arlington, Virginia, on September 16. Over 300 representatives attended, including presidents of the nations 105 HBCUs. Gray, who is the first black president of the 14,000-member Alabama State Bar, is the senior partner in the firm of Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray & Nathanson, with offices in Montgomery and Tuskegee. Gray's legal career spans a period of 45 years. Out of law school less than a year, he represented Rosa Parks, who was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, which ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was also Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s first civil rights attorney.