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Banishing Stigma: Black Voices on HIV

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and Black History Month, the Discovery Center hosted a virtual program on February 24, 2021 featuring voices from the Black community exploring the power of storytelling, the impact of HIV, and thoughtful ways to take action to end stigma.

This event was hosted by Rosette Royale, a story-gathering consultant for The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway, and featured

  • A conversation with Rev. Harriett Walden, a human rights activist and the founder of Mothers for Police Accountability, about the importance of personal stories in banishing the stigma of HIV/AIDS.
  • A panel discussion between our host and 'artivists' (artists + activists) living with HIV from our latest virtual exhibition, Through Positive Eyes: My Photo, My HIV Story - Positively Positive, Edward, and Kia, will discuss the power of honoring and expressing their personal stories. Their voices and actions will offer a glimpse into the lives of people impacted by HIV and ways we can overcome stigma together.
  • A moving poetry reading by Tranisha Arzah, a blogger at Life and Love with HIV.

Below you'll find a link to our event recording, a playlist curated by our host, a list of community organizations making an impact, and a take action toolkit filled with resources, events, and more to continue the work of banishing the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

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