Memphis, TN – June 02, 2018 – The City of Memphis Mayor’s Office honored The Cathedral Foundation for its work in the City of Memphis community.  “People & Purpose: The Impact” is the theme for Tri-State Black Pride 2018 highlighting the LGBTQ people of color, their allies, intentions and influences in the world while continuing the commemoration MLK 50. TriState Black Pride pays homage to Dr. King by recognizing the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., who focused on the social and economic injustices even among the LGBTQ people of color. 

The Center for Black Equity (CBE) announced in 2016 its recognition of The Cathedral Foundation, Inc.’s Tri-State Black Pride as the official host of Black Pride events 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.

The 2nd Annual Tri-State Black Gay Pride weekend will take place June 14-17, 2018. 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 Dr. Davin D. Clemons, co-founder of The Cathedral Foundation, Inc.

Doors open at 6:00 pm for the meet & greet, cocktail hour, live music and, hors d’oeuvres at The National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry, June 14, 2018.

The Opening Reception starts at 7:00 pm with expected attendees to include Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayoral Candidate Lee Harris, U. S. Congressman Steve Cohen, Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, Judge Rachel Bell, Tami Sawyer, Dr. Marye Bernard, live music from Cherisse Scott and special performance from, Monica Lusk and the Dream Girls. Your $20.00 donation includes dinner, beverages, live music and DJ. Purchase Tickets here!

Monica Lusk and The DreamGirls 

Live performance by Cherisse Scott – National Civil Rights Museum 

Purchase tickets now!!!! (access to museum is not included).

Tri-State Black Pride 2018 is going to be a turn-up with a twist!!!! The United Progressive Pentecostal Church (UPPC) South Central Regional Summit will be in session during Pride weekend with “Prevention from the Pulpit.” Bishop O.C. Allen III, Presiding Bishop of UPPC is coming to Memphis, TN!  

Major activities planned include a Job Fair & Health and Wellness Educational Classes on Friday and Saturday, June 15th & 16th @ host hotel, Crowne Plaza Downtown. Employers from the City of Memphis, Memphis Police Department, Memphis Fire Department, FedEx, Southwest TN Community College, Wells Fargo, Paramount Staffing, Society For Human Resource Management Memphis, Vista, Workforce Investment Network, and more! Come get you a job with benefits!!! June 15, 9 am- 4 pm, and June 16, 10 am-1 pm.

Register to reserve your seat today:

Changing the P. A.C.E. Educational forum sponsored by AETC will feature lectures and classes on Sexual Empowerment, Dear Momma, Dear Son- Childhood Trauma, Working for Equality, Domestic Violence Research, Transgender in Healthcare, Retention in Care, Let’s Talk about PrEP, Confronting Heteronormativity, A Bottoming Guide, Beginner High Heels STI screening Treatment, Financial education, Healing Circle, Taking a Sexual History, Spirituality and Sexuality, Prevention From The Pulpit, and more. June 15-16, 9 am-2 pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 N. Second.

There will be Plenary Session hosted by Dr. Mayre Bernard on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Registration is required to attend all Free events:

The Educational Forum is sponsored by AIDS EDUCATION & TRAINING CENTER PROGRAM (AETC).

Vendors will be on hand to offer services and products to attendees throughout Friday & Saturday. Register to reserve your vendors spot today!’ You To Brunch @ the Crowne Plaza Downtown Hotel hosted by Miss Sophia from V-103.5 Atlanta, GA. Tickets $20. June 16 @ 1 pm. Purchase your tickets today 16-17, 9 am-5 pm: TSBP and 4US Sports & Cathedral Foundation presents 1st Annual Basketball Tournament @ the Davis Community Center, 3371 Spottswood. Get your team, pay your fees and let’s shoot some hoops! Teams $300. Free agent $50. Register today to sign up your team or to play.

Social engagement and nightly entertainment Friday, June 15 @ Brinson, 341 Madison, 11 pm-3 am, $10 before midnight., hosted by Virginia Awkward, Trey Pressley and Brandon Karson.

Hostess Virginia Awkward 

Host Trey Pressley

Tri-State Girls Take-Ova’ at Memphis Slim House, 1130 College on Saturday, June 16, 5 pm-midnight. Featuring Live Performances By Carmen Hicks & Band, OG Williams, Tori WhoDat, Kenoe Stakcs and many more. 2 of Memphis, TN baddest Female DJ’s Fallon “Fab” and DJ Space Age will keep us rocking all night long.  Oh, the street will be SHUT DOWN, Bring Your Lawn Chairs, Tents and Coolers because it will be Haute’ and Steamy! Food Trucks will be on Site!

Featured Headliner Ms. Carmen Hicks

Performing Live @ 8 pm at Memphis Slim House

Other live performances by Memphis Own Female Rappers and Singers and many more.  This event will be hosted by Natasha “Katt Edwards and Aubry Bobo”

Hostess Natasha “Kat” Edwards Host Aubry Bobo

Performing “OG Williams” – Girls Take-Ova’

Performing “Tori WhoDat” – Girls Take-Ova’

Performing Live Kenoe Stakcs – Girls Take-Ova’

Please join the Official Church Service for Pride Churchin’ with the Kids @ The Cathedral, 561 S. Prescott, on June 17 @ 12:30 pm. Special guest musical artist TBA. Dr. Darnell Gooch, Jr. Senior Pastor

Dr. Darnell Gooch, Jr. Senior Pastor – Cathedral of Praise Church Official Service for TriState Black Pride 

Sunday Funday in Court Square Park with live entertainment, food truck vendors, business vendors, family and fun!!! Hosted by Miss Raven Kelly

Miss Raven Kelly will be the Hostess Court Square Park on Sunday for the Finale

Performing Live Arnisha King – Pride in the Park Sunday Funday

Pride in the Park Downtown Memphis, Second St. & Court… Food Trucks on Site, Vendors, and Live Entertainment! Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, and kids… Please Note: No Grills Will Be Allowed in the Park… (park commission restrictions)… 

Food Truck Vendors

Business Vendors 

Court Square Park / Second & Court 

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