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About us


From its very beginning in 1969, the United Black Fund, Inc. worked to help people help themselves.  Organized by everyday people, and led by two extraordinary community leaders, Dr. Calvin and Wilhelmina Rolark, UBF pioneered community based efforts to improve the lives of Blacks and impoverished people in the Washington DC Area.


UBF showcases Family focused initiatives that provide parents with tools for raising children; that encourage neighborhood education and recreation activity to guide and direct youth; that serve critical needs of special populations; and that promote community based problem solving.


We are continuing the work required for our youth to grow into their full design, for our families to gather the resources available for nurturing, living, and ending

violence in our communities by promoting respect, cooperation and achievement.


ubf President

 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. Much of his life’s work connects to the message that resonated through Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barry 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?” 


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 social economic infrastructure of the “village”.

“We are in denial. Violence is pandemic in our 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.” -Barry LeNoir

staff Members

Herman Washington
Ronae Neal

Office Manager

Nathan Queen

Agency Coordinator

Cheryl Kelly

Campaign Coordinator

Charles Acree

Interim Secretary

Richard Allen

Member at Large

Rhozier T. Brown

Member at Large

Derrick A. Depass J.D.

Dr. Annette Anderson

Member at Large

Cheryl J. Kelley

Member at Large

Mark Jones

Member at Large

James Savage

Member at Large

UBF Board Members

Barry LeNoir


Herman Washington

Vice President

Johnnie Scott Rice


Rev. Ruby Moone


Rosemarie Howard

Vice -Treasurer

Member at Large

Dr. Denise Erskine

Member at Large

Dr. Lonise Bias

Member at Large

Prof. Joe Elam

Member at Large

Monica Jones-Martinez

Member at Large

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