“Heroes in the Struggle” is an annual star-studded event benefiting the Black AIDS Institute, the nation’s only think-tank focused on fighting the HIV epidemic in Black America.

Each year the Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America into the Heroes in the Struggle Hall of Fame at a gala reception and awards presentation.

This year’s theme is “Preparing for the Next Generation of the HIV/AIDS Response in Black America.”  The gala will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 (World AIDS Day) in Los Angeles at the California African American Museum (CAAM).

Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett is returning this year as event chair host for the 2018 Heroes in the Struggle Gala Reception and awards Presentation. Smollett will serve as the chair and host of the event.  The multi-talented Smollett is an award-winning actor, singer, director, photographer currently portraying musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox network drama series Empire.

Nearly 100 individuals have been inducted into the Heroes in the Struggle Hall of Fame over the last 17 years.  It is a photographic tribute to HIV/AIDS allies; elected officials and policy makers, artists from television, film, stage and music, civil rights leaders, health-care providers, advocates and activists, and people living with HIV/AIDS.  Since its debut in 2002, the exhibit has traveled the world—raising awareness; challenging Black Americans, key thought leaders and institutions to get involved in their communities; and generating critical conversation about HIV stigma, testing, prevention, treatment, and care.


About the Black AIDS Institute

Founded in 1999, as the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black communities, the Black AIDS Institute’s mission is to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing traditional Black Leaders, Institutions, and individuals in efforts to confront HIV/AIDS.  BAI disseminates information, conducts trainings, offers technical and capacity building assistance, advocates for sound, inclusive, culturally responsive public & private sector health policies, delivers high quality comprehensive local primary care and treatment in Los Angeles, and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

Our motto is “Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution!”