The 2019 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards winners were announced at an awards ceremony on November 18, 2019, at the American Visionary Art Museum. In a special announcement toward the end of the evening, GBC CEO and President Don Fry presented this year’s President’s Award to the late Congressman Elijah Cummings. “Congressman Cummings was an inspiration for the start of the GBC Bridging the Gap Program,” Fry said. “He also worked tirelessly for his entire political career for the advancement of minorities and women. He believed that …’diversity is our promise, not our problem.’” Cummings’ daughter, Jennifer, accepted the award on behalf of the family. Fry announced that the President’s Award has now been renamed the Elijah E. Cummings Leadership in Diversity Award to honor the late Congressman.