Organizers of D.C.’s annual Black Pride celebration and related events announced this week the recipients of the 2017 D.C. Black Pride Awards, which will be presented at a reception on May 23 at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Center at 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
A statement released by Black Pride lists the awardees as follows:
• Aaron Bryant, Curator of Photography and Visual Culture for the National Museum of African American History – President’s Award.
• Community activist Countess Clarke Cooper and long-time club promoter Daryl Wilson – Wilmore Cook Award.
• Transgender activist SaVanna Wanzer and House Ball leader Shannon Garcon – Unsung Hero Award.
• LGBT gang turned fashion entrepreneurs Check It Enterprises – D.C. Black Pride Leadership Award.
• D.C. Black Pride volunteer David Maurice Parker – Charlotte Smallwood Volunteer of the Year Award.
Black Pride organizers said in a statement that the theme of this year’s events is “The Ties that Bind: Twenty-Seven Years of D.C. Black Pride.”
Among the featured events this year, according to the announcement, will be the second HIV/AIDS Town Hall called PrEPing for Sex, which will include a free luncheon on Thursday, May 25, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 1000 H St., N.W., which will serve as Black Pride’s headquarters hotel.
“The Town Hall will look at sexual health from the physical, mental and spiritual perspectives,” the statement says.