Pride Awards

Photo Credit: Ryan Miles

Dee Dixon in the Spirit!!


Charlotte’s African American history is often understated, undervalued and underexposed. Yet, our city continues to draw attention nationally as being one of the best places for Blacks to live and work. That’s one of the reasons we have chosen to enlighten our Pride Awards 2020 attendees about the historical significance and some of the outstanding contributions African Americans have made to make Charlotte the great city that it is today. For example, did you know that our Mecklenburg County seal was designed by an African American named Harvey Boyd who worked for the Charlotte Observer?

The Pride Awards luncheon during Black History month on Friday, February 14, in many regards, will be an extension of our November Living with Pride issue, which was a special edition on “Remarkable Black Charlotte,” sponsored by Novant Health. This unique publication gives the reader a synopsis of Charlotte’s black history from slavery onward, spotlighting the struggle, resilience, and fortitude of a people who have continued to press on.

The luncheon will also be a unique experience aimed at motivating us individually, corporately and as a community. We will celebrate some of our “wins,” as we strive to move the socio/economic needle upward while drawing inspiration from this year’s prestigious honoree, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown. Dr. OGB, as she is fondly called at Novant Health, was a leading catalyst in mobilizing our city’s efforts to create pathways of opportunity for all of Charlotte’s citizens. In addition, we will shine the spotlight and draw inspiration from some of our other “living” legends, including Harvey Gantt, Rolfe Neill, Mayor Vi Lyles, Thereasea Elder, Dorothy Counts and a few more. And of course, as in previous years, we’ll honor an outstanding nonprofit. Underwritten by Wells Fargo, ASPIRE COMMUNITY CAPITAL will receive our 2020 monetary donation for its invaluable commitment to empowering underserved individuals through entrepreneurial training, programming, and access to capital.

Our theme, “PEP RALLY,” is about people empowering people. It’s about sharing our victories as a community. It’s about showcasing some of our successes as we continue our efforts to provide more positive socio/economic outcomes for everyone in the areas of affordable housing, healthcare, education entrepreneurship and more.

We want a diverse audience to join us at the luncheon for a celebratory, cultural experience that will inform, enlighten, and motivate us all. Game on!

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