The Greater Baltimore Urban League honored Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry as a recipient of a 2008 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award during ceremonies on May 8 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott.
The annual award is named in honor of the civil rights leader who served as executive director of the National Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971. The Urban League also presented a Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award to Baltimore City Mayor Sheila M. Dixon.
Fry was honored for leading the GBC’s “Bridging the Gap” initiative to nurture the development and growth of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the region.
In 2003, Fry and the GBC launched “Bridging the Gap,” which among other things, nurtured partnerships between large companies and minority-owned companies. This multi-dimensional initiative also includes seminars, networking, and mentoring efforts designed to create a unified business community with tangible benefits for minority and women-owned businesses. The “Bridging the Gap” program continues to be a top priority of the GBC.
Fry has often noted that the premise of the “Bridging the Gap” initiative is that, while government mandates help, the region can achieve its most productive and unified economy only through a strong private sector commitment to fully engaging all of its business resources.