After launching in 2020 at the height of the pandemic and the BLM protests, Global Black Pride has announced that it will host its first-ever live event in 2022. The previous two events were held virtually, drawing 7 million viewers in 2020 and 10 million in 2021.
Press release: Global Black Pride Announces Its Leadership Team
— Global Black Pride (@GlobalBlakPride) November 18, 2021
In a press release, the organization also unveiled its leadership team, starting with Co-founder and President Micheal Ighodaro. He describes his vision in the following the statement:
“Global Black Pride was founded to provide a space for all Black LGBTQI+ communities across the globe to feel seen and heard while celebrating and centering our diversities. Over the past months, our team has begun to build the structures and strategies that will help us shape and sustain the tasks set for ourselves. With that, we are committed to an inclusive and wide-reaching movement that brings all Black LGBQTI+ experiences and equity to the forefront unapologetically.”
Other leaders in the organization represent communities ranging from “Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and North America.” These include Vice President Rikki Nathanson, Chief of Finance Kenita Placide, Chair of the Advisory Board Monroe France, and Gerald Garth serving as Head of Events, Media, and Communications.
The co-founder of Black Pride U.K. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah will serve as Director of the Human Rights Conference. “The ultimate goal of Global Black Pride,” Opoku-Gyimah says, “is to center, uplift, and celebrate LGBTQI+ Black people and the cultures and issues that are important to us all. Across the world, LGBTQI+ Black people help drive movements for justice and equality, have an outsized impact on popular culture, and contribute to societies in which our lived experiences are not taken into meaningful consideration.”
For the 2022 event, Global Black Pride plans to put on “festivals, parades, and other cultural events that celebrate Black excellence” in addition to the human rights conference. They are also setting up a global fund for scholarships and to assist local organizers in putting on similar events around the world.
Global Black Pride plans to announce more specifics about the 2022 event, including the location, within the coming week.