The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power @ The Village at Ed Gould Plaza - Los Angeles LGBT Center, Los Angeles [17 February]

The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power

12:00 - 18:00

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The Village at Ed Gould Plaza - Los Angeles LGBT Center
1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, California 90038
The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power is a celebration in honor of Black History Month, hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The day will include workshops, award presentations, live performances, an art exhibit, lunch, a resource fair, and an assembly to honor Black history, culture, and the power of our future. All are welcome to join us for a day of healing, education, and empowerment. FREE admission. RSVP for this event via the ticket link.

Schedule at a glance:
11:30 a.m. Doors Open
12:00-1:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony and Ebony Sage Panel
1:30-2:30 p.m. Workshops
2:30-4:30 p.m. Lunch, Art Exhibit, Performances, and Resource Fair
4:45-6:00 p.m. Assembly presented by the Center’s Youth Ambassadors Coalition
6:00-8:00 p.m QPOC Mixer at Next Door Lounge (More info:

Lunch provided by Chef Marilyn’s.

Keynote Speech by:
Sharon-Franklin Brown is an LGBT activist and former U.S. Navy sailor who became the first openly transgender candidate to run for public office in South Carolina. Now serving as the Center’s director of human resources, she has contributed immensely to the advancement of workplace diversity and anti-discrimination policies in Southern California.

Special Awards Presentation featuring:
Bayard Rustin Award Honoree:
Amber Whittington — AmbersCloset

Marsha P. Johnson Award Honoree:
Nova Monet Mirari

Ebony Sage Panel presented by the Center's Senior Services Department:
Moderator: Clarence Williams
Panelists: Duchess, She-Ah Prince Eternal, KoKo, Belita Edwards

Live Performances by:
African Soul International, Alexandra Grey, Edwin Bodney, Celina Graves, Jurni Rayne, King Leo, Jay Poole

Special Guest DJ: Suga Shay

“Everybody Black” Art Exhibit featuring:
Madam Muse, Tia Thompson, Nneka Gigi, Francesca Lalanne, Lyle Everett Rushing, Kraig King
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