The Mission of the South Carolina Black Pride Inc. (SCBP), Is to Unify and Celebrate the Diversity, Creativity, And Beauty Of South Carolina’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, and Non-Gender Conforming (LGBTQ) Communities of Color And Our Supporters, In Order To Empower And Promote The Human Rights Of All Families And Communities.
6 Pillars of Pride
The 6 Pillars of Pride set a foundation that frame our mission, goals and aspirations for theLGBTQ+ communities of Color in South Carolina.
South Carolina Black Pride, Inc. (SCBP) is an Organization dedicated to Unifying And Serving Black LGBTQ persons and allies in the State Of South Carolina; chartered as a non-profit corporation in 2009. 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 (now the Cultural Arts and Wellness Festival) was held at The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and roughly 300 persons attended all Official Pride Events. On average 3,000 plus 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 SCBP and Shaw eventually served as its President until 2011. In 2012 Dean Edwards served three years as SCBP President. A multi-talented Board Of Directors, officers, and Pride Coordinators joined him in representing all segments of our community. In 2015, SCBP celebrated its 10th-Year Celebration, with Anthony Beckett serving as the youngest President in the history of the organization at the age of 25. In 2016 Darius Jones was elected as the President of SCBP.
Throughout its years South Carolina Black Pride has supported and engaged in a range of Outreach, Education, and Cultural activities including:
Advocating for LGBT Youth
Greater HIV/AIDS Support Services And Prevention
Town Hall Meetings And Talk-Back Panels
LGBT Film Festivals
Annual "Soul Food Sunday"
Black History And LGBT History Game Nights
HIV/AIDS Testing Events
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
Christmas Holiday Parties Such As Our "Red Rendezvous"