Barry LeNoir is President of the United Black Fund, Inc. (UBF). This historic nonprofit organization was founded by Dr. Calvin Rolark and Attorney Wilhelmina J. Rolark, UBF is in its 45th year. The United Black Fund extends its support to communities in the Washington Metropolitan Area and the nation.
Mr. LeNoir brings a perspective to the UBF mission of Meeting Unmet Needs, much influenced by experiences growing up and working in Cincinnati, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Harlem, New York; and Washington, DC. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Howard University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC. Barry Lenoir is a child of the Civil Rights Movement. He was present at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice. He participated in the March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. He was a volunteer in the “Poor People’s Campaign” in 1968. He is Chair of the Maryland State Unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Much of his life’s work connects to the message that resonated through Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Barry LeNoir served as Program Director at Columbia Heights Youth Club at All Souls Unitarian Church in the fabled 14th Street corridor. Later, as Principal Investigator/Director, LeNoir designed and directed the renown Comprehensive Impact Program, a drug and delinquency prevention program to help youth engage and answer the question: “What does it mean to be Human?” The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Drug Abuse supported these efforts? A later version of the program (Delinquency Intervention Program) was supported by the US Department of Justice.
He held the position of Senior Operating Officer with Crawford Edgewood Managers, Inc., one of the nations leading minority community development and multi-family housing management firms. His experience in multi-family housing, especially in promotion and development of community based self-help programs and activities in Section 8 Communities, provides great substance for understanding the present challenge of restoring the socio-ecnomic infrastructure of the “village”.
On September 27, 2007, Barry LeNoir launched a national program to reduce violence in the African-American community. LeNoir said, “We are in denial. Violence is pandemic in communities throughout the nation. We don’t even talk about it past the morning news. If we don’t talk the talk about violence, we will not walk the walk. We have to get college students and young people in prison to begin the talk.” The Campaign was conducted in the 40 cities in the United States with the highest index of violent crimes. The state of Ohio launched the Campaign in all of their prisons. Jackson, Mississippi launched the Campaign in all of their High Schools. Countless numbers participated in the “Ending the Violence Campaign” discussion, and more than 600 people wrote out their views on ‘Causes and Solutions to Community Violence’. The Campaign will continue through 2015.