ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Black Pride St. Louis will introduce its 2019 - 2020 board members at a Meet & Greet Happy Hour, tonight (Thursday, October 17), from 5-7 p.m. at Evangeline's Bistro & Music House (512 N Euclid Ave, 63108). Drink and food specials will be featured throughout the evening.
This year's Black Pride St. Louis board grows to 16 members, making it the organization's largest slate in its 25 year history. New members elected to the Black Pride board are:
Charles Bryson - Board Member At-Large
San Juan Caffey - Community Relations Chair
Neheimah Dacers - Board Member At-Large
Kearinn Jae - Board Member At-Large
Maxi Wright (Glamour) - Arts & Entertainment Chair
Dr. Monique Maxey - Health & Wellness Chair
Board members Jonathan Neal (marketing chair) and Damion Parks-Weekly, treasurer, were both re-elected to their posts while Darius (DJ) Rucker moves into the role of board secretary. These individuals join boards members, Anthony Pulliam, June Glover (spirituality chair), LaTonya Kelly (aging & senior advocacy chair), Bryon Pierson (economic development chair, marketing chair), Mary Jackson (membership & volunteer chair), along with Jordan Braxton, vice president and Randy L. Rafter, president.
Nearly 40 individuals applied for a vacant post within the organization. All candidates selected completed applications, attended an orientation course regarding the background of the organization, and went through a two-part panel interview with a nominating committee of board members, community leaders, and elders of the community.
“We are truly excited to welcome such an amazing group of individuals to the Board," said Randy Rafter, president of Black Pride St. Louis. "Each individual brings their vast levels of expertise to the board allowing for Black Pride St. Louis to identify strategies and programming that will build equity within the community the organization serves. As we continue to grow, we look forward to continuing more in-depth, year-round programming and working to make Black Pride Weekend bigger and better than ever."
Founded in 1995, Black Pride St. Louis is the nation’s second oldest African American LGBTQIA+ Pride organization. Formerly known as the B-Boy Blues Festival, Black Pride St. Louis’ mission is to serve as a resource for the Black & underserved LGBTQIA+ community while being a catalyst for unity, empowerment, and pride.
For more information about the weekend celebration, or the organization, you can visit www.blackpridestl.org or call 314.884.8730.