Hotter Than July ’09 kicks off with annual march

Jason A. Michael
By | 2009-07-23T09:00:00-04:00 July 23rd, 2009|News|

About 40 people took to the streets near Palmer Park Saturday, July 18 for the 10th annual Ruth Ellis Pride March. The event, which winds along Merrill Plaisance Street from Woodward Avenue to the swimming pool area, where the Pride picnic takes place, is the first event of the annual Hotter Than July celebration, Detroit’s black gay pride.
Though ominous storm clouds loomed overhead, and a few sprinkles even wet the shoulders of walkers, organizers say they were pleased with the weather conditions.
“If you ask me, this is perfect walking weather,” Nkozi Figueroa, secretary of the Black Pride Society board, told the crowd at the walk’s conclusion.
Joining walkers this year were State Rep. Coleman A Young and Detroit City Council candidate Annivory Calvert.
“I definitely support the cause and I feel we should be more inclusive as a society,” said Young. “I think now is the time for us to come together and embrace ourselves as brothers and sisters.”
For a full schedule of events for this week’s Hotter Than July activities, visit

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.