The Los Angeles LGBT Center will honor Black History Month with The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power celebration on Saturday February 17, from 12pm to 6pm, at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place. The event is free.
The event will include informative workshops, live performances (including a vocal performance by Transparent cast member Alexandra Grey and a spoken word performance by Edwin Bodney, host of L.A.’s Da Poetry Lounge). There will also be an art exhibit, a resource fair, a panel discussion with black LGBT elders, and an assembly presented by the Center’s Youth Ambassadors Coalition to honor black history, culture, and the power of our future.
The event will also honor The Center youth member Nova Monet Mirari with the Marsha P. Johnson Award, an accolade given to a burgeoning community activist. YouTube personality AmbersCloset will be saluted with the Bayard Rustin Award for her prominence in advancing the social movement of black and LGBT rights.
The keynote speech will be given by Sharon-Franklin Brown, an LGBT activist and former U.S. Navy sailor who became the first openly transgender candidate to run for public office in South Carolina. Now serving as the Center’s director of human resources, she has contributed immensely to the advancement of workplace diversity and anti-discrimination policies in Southern California.
The public is welcome to attend this day of healing, education, and power on Black History Month. Lunch will be provided.
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90038
For more information and a full rundown of events, visit lalgbtcenter.org/futureisblack.