Our Mission: The mission of the South Carolina Black Pride (SCBP), Inc. is to unify and celebrate the diversity, creativity, and beauty of the South Carolina Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) communities and our supporters, in order to empower and promote the human rights of all families and communities.
The South Carolina Black Pride, Inc. (SCBP) is an organization dedicated to unifying and serving Black LGBT persons and allies in the state of South Carolina; chartered as a non-profit corporation in 2009. It and its annual June pride celebration are in their ninth year. The annual pride celebration first began in 2006 as the “Black/Latino Gay Pride” with direction from the Carolinas Black Pride Movement, founded by Jermaine Lee, and Palmetto Umoja (Columbia, SC). Its Community Expo was held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and roughly 300 persons attended all official Pride events. On average about 2,000 persons now attend all pride and pride-related events. For the 2008 Pride, a new local organizing committee was formed with Todd Shaw as its first chair. This committee became the principal organizer of the SCBP and Shaw eventually served as its president until 2011. Dean Edwards served three years as SCBP President. He was joined by a multi-talented Board of Directors, other officers, and pride coordinators representing all segments of our community. Now in 2015, our 10th-year celebration, Anthony Beckett, serves as the youngest president in the history of the organization at the age of 25. Throughout its years SC Black Pride has supported or engaged in a range of outreach, education, and cultural activities including, for example: rallies at the State House advocating for LGBT youth and calling for greater HIV/AIDS support services and prevention funding; town hall meetings and talk-back panels; LGBT film festivals; an annual "Soul Food Sunday" free family dinner; Black History and LGBT History game nights; HIV/AIDS testing events; outreach to young people and college students; marching in gay pride parades; free family picnics; basketball tournaments; wine and cheese mixers; spoken word events; safer sex condom fashion shows and competitions; house balls and j-setting contests; drag pageants crowning Pride queens and kings; women's and men's parties; talent shows and stage entertainment through a community expo; dozens of vendors at its annual community expo; Christmas Holiday parties such as our "Red Rendezvous".