Marvelyn Brown, community activist and author of The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive will be a keynote speaker at the annual LIFE AIDS Black Student Mobilization Summit. The Summit is a part of the national Greater Than AIDS movement and sponsored by the Black AIDS Institute and the Magic Johnson Foundation in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Act Against AIDS campaign, a 5-year national HIV/AIDS communication campaign.
Brown’s session will be held Saturday, February 6 at the Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center located at Clark Atlanta University. Her commentary will focus on developing strategies to expand the Greater Than AIDS movement onto college campuses across the nation.
The Greater Than session is just a portion of the student activities that will take place throughout the weekend. The three-day event will kick off at 6:00 pm on Friday with a mini film festival and dinner held in the Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center on the AUC campus. The festival is free and open to any student with a valid college I.D.—reservations are required.
Saturday evening, LIFE AIDS will sponsor a reception and special performance of Beyond the Diagnosis, a series of one-act plays, explores the predicament of HIV/AIDS patients and the struggles endured by their families, loved ones, caregivers and medical professionals. The free reception and performance is sponsored by Gilead Pharmaceuticals and open to the public. To RSVP, please contact the Black AIDS Institute at LIFEAIDS@BlackAIDS.org or 213-353-3610 ext. 120.
Sunday’s sessions will focus on action. Each student will be asked to make a personal commitment to do something on their campus to raise HIV/AIDS awareness on their campus and mobilize their peers.
For additional information about LIFE AIDS, to register for the conference, or to RSVP for the Friday night film festival and/or the performance of Beyond the Diagnosis, please contact The Black AIDS Institute at LIFEAIDS@BlackAIDS.org or 213-353-3610 ext. 120. Visit online atwww.BlackAIDS.org or become a fan of LIFE AIDS on Facebook and follow us on twitter: HBCUsfightAIDS.
About Greater Than AIDS
Greater Than AIDS is a public information campaign of the Black AIDS Media Partnership (BAMP), a sustained commitment among major U.S. media companies to work together to address the AIDS crisis facing Black Americans. Organized by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute, this national mobilization is coordinated as a private-sector response to Act Against AIDS, a multi- year effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) to help refocus national attention on the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. The Ford Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the MAC AIDS Fund provide financial and technical support for Greater Than AIDS. For more information, visit: www.greaterthanaids.org.
About LIFE AIDS
LIFE AIDS (Leaders In the Fight to Eradicate AIDS), a mobilization initiative of the Black AIDS Institute, is the nation’s only HIV/AIDS collegiate mobilization network, maintained primarily by Black college students, and exclusively targeting Black college students.
Founded in 2004, the mission is:
“to educate college students on the causes and effects of HIV/AIDS, and to create a comfortable context for dialogues about sex and sexuality in order to eradicate the disease and restore hope in our community.”
About Act Against AIDS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a national domestic campaign for HIV/AIDS called “Act Against AIDS” that aims to contribute to reducing HIV incidence in the United States. Act Against AIDS is a multi-year, multi-faceted communication campaign that is being planned and released in phases. Each phase, with its own unique objectives and target audiences, will utilize mass media and direct-to-consumer communication channels to deliver important HIV prevention messages in a manner designed to be compelling, credible, and relevant. Some campaign phases will influence knowledge and information-seeking behaviors, while other phases will influence complex prevention and testing behaviors. For more information, please visit www.actagainstaids.org
About the Black AIDS Institute
Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's Mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. For more information, please visit www.BlackAIDS.org.
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