Grand Rapids Pride Center Celebrates Black History Month

Grand Rapids Pride Center celebrates LGBTQ Black and African American civil rights activists, pioneers, and outspoken leaders for their contributions in our fight for equality.

Marsha P. Johnson-(August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992) - gay liberation activist

 Peter Kramer-Getty Images Entertainment

 Peter Kramer-Getty Images Entertainment

Alice Walker - born: February 9th, 1944, age 72, Pulitzer Prize Winner

Kye Allums - October 23, 1989 (age 26) The first Division I openly transgender athlete in NCAA sports history

Langston Hughes - February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967 Writer

Laverne Cox - May 29, 1984 (age 31) actress, Advocate

Alvin Ailey - (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) Choreographer

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Simon Nkoli- (26 November 1957 – 30 November 1998) Anti-Apartheid Activist

Josphine Baker - (3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) Singer, actress, dancer, assisted the french resistance during WWII

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Paul R GiuntaCorbis

Frank Ocean- October 28, 1987 (age 28) singer, rapper

Carter Brown, Founder and executive Director of Black Transmen Inc

Richmond Barthé -(January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989) Sculptor

Janet Mock, March 9, 1984 (age 31), activist, author

Billy Strayhorn- (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) Jazz composer

Lorraine Hansberry-(May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) playwright, author

Bayard Rustin - March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987 Civil Rights Activist

Audre Lorde - February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992 poet and activist

Tracy Chapman - March 30, 1964 (age 51) Singer, Songwriter

Sheryl Swoopes - March 25, 1971 (age 44) retired American professional basketball player, coach, Olympic Medalist

James Baldwin - (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) writer

Isis King -  October 1, 1985 (age 30) Fashion Model and Designer

Rep. Barbara Jordan- (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996)  the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives

Bessie Smith- (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) Blues Singer

 

RuPaul- November 17, 1960 (age 55)-  actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist

Jean-Michel Basquiat-  December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988),  artist

Jussie Smollett - June 21, 1983 (age 32) actor, singer and photographer

Mabel Hampton- (May 2, 1902 – October 26, 1989)- Lesbian activist and archivist

Koko Jones, percussionist, band-leader, producer, educator, activist, writer, advocate

Essex Hemphill - (April 16, 1957 – November 4, 1995) activist and poet


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