Earl Fowlkes serves as the President/CEO of the Center for Black Equity, Inc. (formerly the International Federation of Black Pride -IFBP). He founded the IFBP in 1999 ago as a coalition of organizers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa formed to promote a multinational network of Black LGBTQ Pride and community-based organizations.
Prior to working at the Center For Black Equity, Earl previously served fifteen years as the Executive Director of the DC CARE Consortium and Damien Ministries, organizations that provided services to Person Living With HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC. Earl has worked on health, political and LGBTQ issues in many communities for nearly thirty years. He currently serves on the board of Damien Ministries and several other organizations.. He previously served two terms as the Chair of the DC Commission on Human Rights. the Chair of DC Mayor’s GLBTQ Advisory Committee, Community Co-Chair of the DC HIV Prevention Community Planning Group and a member of the DC Commission on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
Earl is very much committed to a progressive political agenda and currently serves as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) LGBT Caucus Chair and on the DNC Executive Committee. He has received numerous honors and awards for his community service, and, was named one of three 2013 Grand Marshals of the Heritage of Pride (NYC Gay Pride) along with Harry Belafonte and Edith Windsor. Earl currently resides in Washington, DC.