Richmond History Makers

Diversity Richmond is being honored on March 13 with the prestigious “Richmond History Makers “ award. The annual presentation, hosted by The Valentine, will be held at Virginia Union University, Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center.

Diversity is being recognized in the “Championing Social Justice” category. The organization’s 2017 celebration of Black LGBTQ History Month impressed the judges, who stated, “This nonprofit has evolved into a multifaceted organization while remaining a respected voice for the acceptance of sexual and gender minorities.”

For the past two years, Diversity Richmond partnered with the Black History and Cultural Center of Virginia to recognize the contributions of African American LGBTQ people and their allies. It is the only LGBTQ organization in the country to have such a partnership with a Black History Museum. It is also the only such organization in Virginia to celebrate LGBTQ Black History Month.

Rodney Lofton, Diversity Richmond Deputy Director, will accept the award.

“We are certainly honored and humbled,” shared Diversity Board Chair, Art Toth. “The entire month of recognitions was Rodney Lofton’s idea and it has become a very meaningful time for us all. I don’t think many objectives better define who we are striving to become than our Black History programs.”

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