Bill T. Jones

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Bill T. Jones Bill T. Jones has never created a single work about AIDS. He will tell you that firmly, perhaps forcefully. But the facts that he is HIV positive and that he lost his partner in love and work to AIDS, infuse his choreography, making several of his breathtaking works metaphors for the …

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Juanita Millender-McDonald

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Juanita Millender-McDonald A Glamour magazine survey called her “one of eleven women who will change the world.” Bold initiatives have become her trademark. And not only is she a champion of her people, she’s also a fierce soldier in the battle against AIDS. Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald may represent the citizens of California’s 37th congressional …

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Patti LaBelle

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Patti LaBelleArtist “I still have so much more to do, so many other things to try. I have a lot of blessings, a lot to be thankful for, but I’m always excited about what else there is for me to do.” It’s hard to believe that such humble words could come from the lips …

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George E. Curry

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} George E. Curry “No one should overlook the devastating toll this deadly disease has taken on the African American community.” Words to live by. But then again, this hero has written enough words on HIV/AIDS to fill volumes. “The truth is that all of us, including the media, must do more. It should not …

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Dr. Marjorie Hill

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Dr. Marjorie Hill “If you can’t talk about the ways you contract HIV, if you can’t exchange information, then people die. This has been the challenge [of AIDS] from the beginning and it continues to be the challenge today. We have much work to do,” says Dr. Marjorie Hill. She understood very early on …

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Coretta Scott King

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Coretta Scott King Coretta Scott King is one of the most influential women in the world. She entered the world stage in 1955 as wife of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and as a leading participant in the American Civil Rights Movement. Some five decades later, Mrs. King remains as passionate as …

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Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith “When I see anybody who suffers with AIDS, I don’t see them as other, I see them as an extension of myself.” Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith’s life is a living testament to building an all-inclusive spiritual community, one that includes those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. In the 1970s, …

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Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, ll

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, llFaithful The church founded by Reverend Edwin C. Sanders, II has been called a lot of things—the AIDS church, the crack church.  But one thing you won’t hear it being called is a church without compassion. That’s because the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church of Nashville, Tennessee, welcomes all of God’s children. …

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Hill Harper

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Hill Harper “I’m proud to be among the growing number of people on the forefront.” He could be talking about his work motivating young Black men, his efforts in the struggle with HIV/AIDS, or his own career, but Hill Harper is a man who would rather talk about others than himself. Maybe that’s one …

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Philip Reed

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Philip Reed “I have not been a saint,” was Phil Reed’s response when asked whether or not he was shocked after being diagnosed with HIV. Sure, he went through the expected depression and panic, but after surviving the first six months, he moved on and never looked back. That was 1981. Indeed, Philip Reed moved …

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