Memphis, TN – April 23, 2017 – The Center for Black Equity

(CBE) has announced its recognition of The Cathedral

Foundation, Inc.’s Tri-State Black Pride as the official Black

Pride for Memphis, TN. The decision followed an extensive

four-month review of The Cathedral Foundation, Inc.’s 501c3

organization and is based on factors of Capacity, Community

Support, and Commitment to the mission and values of CBE.

“We are honored to take over the work that Terryl Buckner

has done for the last 24 years with Memphis Black Pride,

now known as Tri-State Black Pride, and to be endorsed by

the Center for Black Equity,” says Dr. Darnell Gooch, Jr.,

founder of The Cathedral Foundation, Inc.

The Cathedral Foundation, Inc.’s inaugural Tri-State Black

Gay Pride weekend will take place June 15-18, 2017. Its

mission is to showcase unity and pride by promoting

equality, inclusion, HIV/AIDS awareness, health care,

education, outreach, art, and culture of the Mid-South’s

LGBTQ community and allies.

“We are looking forward to ending the stigma, showing that

we are one, and spreading the love,” says Davin Clemons,

co-founder of The Cathedral Foundation, Inc.

Scheduled events include an opening reception devoted to

“Ending the Stigma” at the National Civil Rights Museum on

June 15, 2017, keynote speaker Dr. Marye Bernard, a

Dapper Party/fashion show, a drag brunch, a pool party, a

church service, and a picnic, along with special guests

Mayor Jim Strickland, local and state representatives, Gary

Lavard, Bobby Blake, and Bamm-Bamm. For more

information visit


Dr. Darnell Gooch, Jr

Mr. Davin D. Clemons

The Cathedral Foundation, Inc.

603 Denmark Drive, Unit 201

Memphis, TN 38103

Ph: 901-831-0821