Following a two-year hiatus, the in-person celebration of DC Black Pride over Memorial Day Weekend will return to the nation’s capital, from May 26-30.Organized by the Center for Black Equity, this year’s DC Black Pride has over 25 events around the city, highlighting the Black LGBTQ community in Washington.
The focus for this year is making it accessible, making it happen, and making it fun. “For a lot of our community from around the country, DC Black Pride, and Black Pride, in particular, is like a family reunion,” says Kenya Hutton, deputy director of The Center for Black Equity. “We want to make sure that we can make this an enjoyable experience for whoever you are, wherever you’re coming from, or whatever your financial status is.”From a happy hour overlooking the city and workshops on how to thrive as a Black queer community to a poetry slam competition, the variety of events showcase the diversity of the queer Black community, and emphasizes how there isn’t one way to celebrate.
This has been especially clear in the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 DC Black Pride was canceled, and after D.C.
experienced an uptick in COVID infections in 2021, DC Black Pride shifted to celebrating “12 Months of Black Pride,” in which all but a handful of events were held virtually.The Center for Black Equity used the feedback from last year’s virtual pride to make this year’s in-person events that much more perfect, says Hutton.“It really just laid the groundwork for this year’s Pride by really doing a temperature check on the community,” Hutton says. ”Helping us really like to decide what we want to highlight.