May 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. Black Pride announces 2018 award winners
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D.C. City Council member Anita Bonds (D-At-Large) will receive Black Pride’s Eleanor Holmes Norton Award. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Center for Black Equity, the D.C.-based national group that organizes D.C.’s annual Black Pride events held on Memorial Day weekend, announced on Tuesday the winners of its annual Black Pride Awards.

Among this year’s awardees, according to a statement released by the Center for Black Equity, are Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis and D.C. City Council member Anita Bonds (D-At-Large), who will receive Black Pride’s Eleanor Holmes Norton Award named after D.C.’s congressional delegate.

“Genise Chamber Woods will receive the President’s Award while community leader and academic Anika Simpson and longtime HIV/AIDS leader Anthony Fox will receive the Welmore Cook Award,” the statement says. “Spoken word artist Mary Bowman and transgender community activist Achim Howard will receive the Unsung Hero Award,” according to the statement.

Impulse D.C., a gay men’s sexual health organization, will receive the D.C. Black Pride Leadership Award, the statement says.

It says these additional awards have been designated:

• The newly created Curtis L. Etherly Jr. Ally Award will be given posthumously to Curtis L. Etherly Jr.

• The D.C. Black Pride Small Business Award will be given to longtime D.C. LGBT rights advocate Everett Hamilton and the company he founded and operates, Octane Public Relations.

• The newly created Earline Budd Award for outstanding leadership in the D.C. transgender community will be given to community activist and entertainer Monet Dupree.

• The Charlotte Smallwood Volunteer of the Year Award will be given to D.C. Black Pride volunteer Kathy Neal.

The awards are scheduled to be presented during the 2018 D.C. Black Pride Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Park on 14th Street.

The Black Pride statement also announces that its Youth Summit and Transgender Town Hall will take place Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, which will serve as the Black Pride host hotel.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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