As Gay as They were Black – Celebrating Black Pride
Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as They were Black – Celebrating Black Pride
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA: The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum will celebrate Black Pride in St. Petersburg by recognizing some of the nation’s most celebrated African Americans of the Harlem Renaissance and local Gay Black educators, activists, journalists, and artists, all pillars of community-empowerment within the Tampa Bay community.
The local honorees include: Desmond Clark (Chief Business Officer of the Palladium and founder of the Side Door Jazz Series), Dr. Lillian Dunlap ( Executive Director and co-founder of Your Real Stories, Inc., and co-creator/Director of its Decades of Day Work and St Pete Stories series), Sheree Greer (St. Petersburg College professor, author, founding Director of Kitchen Table Literary Arts, and co-founder/host of Oral Fixation, the first and longest-running LGBTQ open mic night in Tampa Bay), Bob Devin Jones (founder and Artistic Director of The Studio@620 and celebrated actor and playwright), Trevor Pettiford (Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 30 years experience in television news), and Nadine Smith (Co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, the state’s largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity).
The Pride month celebration showcases an extraordinary lineup of events:
June 10th (8 p.m.) Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as They Were Black—Opening Reception and Harlem Renaissance-themed “Rent Party”
June 12th (7:30 p.m.) Remembering the Victims of the Pulse Massacre—Candlelight Vigil in the Legacy Garden
June 16th (7:30 p.m.) Movie Night and Discussion
June 20th (7:00 p.m.) “Not a Trend—The Truth”—a conversation led by “Your Real Stories”
About: The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum: Named in honor of the “Father of Black History Month,” Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the mission of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is to preserve, present, and interpret African American history and to engage a broad and diverse audience through these activities and to promote an understanding among various groups that make up the St. Petersburg community in order to enhance our ability as a society to respect and value diversity and foster equal rights and social justice. The museum is located at 2240 9th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33712.