Black and Bold Gala

History was made on Feb. 3 as Diversity Richmond recognized 17 local African American activists for their outstanding work in the community. This was the first event of its type in Central Virginia, according to Diversity Board member Dr. Ravi Perry. "We wanted to raise the awareness of the many influences of our Black LGBTQ leadership. The community's responses have actually been a bit overwhelming."

Over 200 people crowded into the Diversity Richmond Event Hall and celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of the African American community. Receiving the Black and Bold Awards were Anderson Bertrand, Jenise "Justice" Brown, CasSandra Calin, Patricia Corbett, The Rev. E. Taylor Doctor, Austin Higgs, Michael O. Holman, Micky Alexander Jordan, Eric S. King, Marquis D. Mapp, Zakia McKensey, Chevelle Moss-Savage,  Sean M. Smith, Terrie Pendleton and Paris Fitzgerald Prince. Ryland Roane, Jr. and Jacqui B. Singleton were posthumously recognized.

Pictured: Diversity Richmond Board Member Dr. Ravi Perry, Paris Prince, Austin Higgs, and Eric King

More Black and Bold Events in February:

Black Trans 101 Discussion
Tue., Feb. 21 * 7 PM
Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond, VA

Powerful S.I.S.T.A.: Celebrating LGBTQ Women of Color
Tue., Feb. 28 * 7PM
Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond, VA

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rodney Lofton, Program Coordinator at Diversity Richmond.