New York City Black Pride Celebrates 15 Years

Today marks the start of the 15th Annual New York City Black Pride.  Since 2009, Lee Souljah has been Chairman of the New York Black Pride Committee (NYBP) and looks forward to this year’s events.  The organization has gone through various ups and downs with funding in the past, but the leadership has prevailed and still perseveres now under Souljah’s direction and commitment to serve as a pertinent resource for the community in New York. Tonight, the week’s events and cultural activities begins with The Heritage Awards at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture where various individuals in the movement will be honored for their work.

The event has had a long history in New York and Lee Souljah is committed to preserving that history of providing sex education prevention workshops, black history, arts, and cultural events and celebrating the various intersections of the Black LGBT community. In an interview with GBMNews, Soulja states: “Black Pride is more than just a party, it’s a statement about who we are, and about where we come from.”

The organization  prides itself on a mission that deals directly with Heath, Social and Political issues that are adversely affecting communities of color. In a separate statement, Souljah continues:

We are striving to be a united community organization and present quality cultural events. We want to not only lead by example but also empower our youth to take control of their lives and future“Let’s be the change we seek!"

Please join the celebration this year by visiting the New York City Black Pride website or Facebook for detailed information on events, locations and how you can be involved!

If you’re in town this weekend, stop by The Center at 208 W. 13th Street for The Art & Culture Expo from 12 pm – 6 pm where GLAAD and other community organizations will be talking with community members.

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