ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The St. Louis Black Gay & Lesbian Pride Committee announced today the election of five new board members selected at the non-profit's Sept. 13 board meeting.

New members elected to the Black Pride board are Kerrie “Phoenix” Linter, director of correspondence; Aaron Halkmon, director of finance; DJ Ricker, director of education; Donovan Mooney, director of youth and young adults; and Alana Harmon, director of marketing and public relations.

In addition to the newly elected members, Randy L. Rafter was re-elected as board president and Byron Keaton was re-elected as a board member at-large. They join sitting board members Carlos Page and Leon A. Braxton, Jr. This now grows the organization's board to nine members.

“We are excited to welcome these amazing individuals to the Board," said Rafter, board president. "Each of them brings their own unique passion, dedication, and professionalism necessary to help carry the Movement forward as we engage, educate, and empower our St. Louis LGBTQIA+ Black Community.”

The committee further announced that the 23rd Annual St. Louis Black Pride Festival will be held on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 on Manchester Ave. (between Sarah and Kentucky) in The Grove.

“I acknowledge that there have been some issues in the past that kept St. Louis Black Pride from reaching its full potential," added Braxton, board vice president, also elected the 2017 festival director. "However, this year with the energy and determination supplied by our new board members, the support from many of our sister community organizations, and the wonderful volunteers within our community I have no doubt, with this amount of unity and solidarity, that this year’s festival will be phenomenal.”

Founded in 1994 as the BBoy Blues Festival, St. Louis Black Pride is the nation's second oldest African American pride organization. Their mission is to serve as a resource for the underserved LGBTQIA+ community and be a catalyst for unity, empowerment and pride.

For more information about the weekend celebration, or the organization, you can visit them on Facebook or call 314.884.8730.



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