The Baltimore Sun Co., the publisher of The Evening Sun and The Sun, has honored the 50 businesses it named last December as 50 Leading Black Businesses in Maryland.
The honorees were named in the papers' Black Focus section, a yearly special section on black business in the state. The awards were presented last night at a reception held at the Baltimore Sun headquarters at 501 N. Calvert St.
At the event, Reg Murphy, chairman of the Baltimore Sun; and Henry Baines and Edward Hunt, the founders and owners of Stop Shop and Save Supermarkets, received the Henry Parks Award. The Parks Award was started in 1990 to recognize outstanding effort to promote black business and for community service. It was named after the founder of Parks Sausage Co., a Baltimore-based, black-owned food company.
As part of their community involvement, Baines and Hunt five years ago started the Academic Achievement Awards. The awards, which consist of trophies, are given twice a year to elementary school children in 42 schools in Baltimore.