North Carolina A&T State University alumna Shirley Taylor Frye was honored last week by the Greensboro YWCA, which formally named its facility after the long-time community volunteer and civil servant.
A retired executive who held executive positions at A&T and Bennett College, and who served as chairman for several national philanthropic organizations, YWCA officials say Frye was a unanimous choice for the facility which serves Greensboro with shelter for homeless families, outreach for teen parents and public health education for youth and women. From the Greensboro News & Record:
Lindy Garnette, the chief executive officer of the nonprofit agency that long has worked to empower women and to fight racism and intolerance, said the board’s vote was unanimous. She said Frye’s name — easily visible to the 32,000 motorists passing daily on East Wendover Avenue — inspires, represents leadership and exemplifies the impact women have in the community.
“A name that proves a young girl from Freemont, N.C., can create a permanent footprint in the lives and hearts of the whole community,” Garnette said.
According to YWCA officials, Frye is among a short list African American women throughout the state to have a non-educational building named in her honor.