National Urban League Honors Bell Atlantic Foundation President

National Urban League Honors Bell Atlantic Foundation President

Suzanne DuBose Recognized for 'Tenacious Advocacy'

August 24, 1999

Media contact: Michael Kornfeld, 212-395-5990

NEW YORK -- Suzanne DuBose, president of the Bell Atlantic Foundation, is among three recipients of the National Urban League's 1999 Donald H. McGannon Awards. National Urban League President and CEO Hugh Price presented the award to DuBose during the organization's annual conference in Houston earlier this month.

The awards, created in honor of a former president of the National Urban League, are presented to individuals who epitomize McGannon's commitment, ideals and beliefs in equal opportunity.

Price noted that the relationship between the National Urban League and Bell Atlantic has been substantially enhanced through DuBose's "tenacious advocacy" and hailed her for having been "unswerving in spotting and addressing the crucial issues which make a difference in the lives of this nation's African-American citizens."

DuBose was cited for her efforts in securing philanthropic support to address the need for after-school programs for African-American youth and for the National Urban League's technology initiatives, as well as her leadership in increasing Bell Atlantic's involvement with the organization's affiliate network.

Expressing appreciation on behalf of Bell Atlantic, DuBose said: "Distributing money is relatively easy. Investing it wisely through creating an ongoing relationship that's beneficial to the communities we serve is much more difficult. I'm proud to have played a role in forging the strong partnership that exists between Bell Atlantic and the National Urban League. It's a partnership that augurs well for both of our organizations."

DuBose noted that Bell Atlantic is committed to fostering diversity in the workplace, to investing in minority communities and to helping combat cyberhate through its foundation's funding of Internet Web site development for various organizations promoting racial harmony, equality and justice.

DuBose has been president of the Bell Atlantic Foundation for two years. Prior to the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX, she held a similar position with NYNEX.

A political and civic activist, DuBose has held top positions in several major political campaigns. She chairs the development committee for the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and serves on the New York City Executive Committee for the United Negro College Fund, the National Urban League's Corporate Committee, the NAACP Special Contributions Board, and the board of directors of Madison Square Park in Manhattan. DuBose is a member of the Council on Foundations, the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers and The Conference Board's Contributions Committee. She and her husband, Dietmar, live in Manhattan's Flatiron neighborhood.

The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic. For more information, visit www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines and nearly 10 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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