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AIDS Memorial Black Lives Exhibition

By Charlotte Robinson, February 12, 2021

During Black History Month the National AIDS Memorial is honoring Black lives lost to AIDS with a specially curated selection of 56 blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The virtual exhibition uses the beauty & power of the Quilt to bring to light stories of the countless men, women & children who have died & the impact AIDS has had on Black Americans. John Cunningham, Executive Director of the National AIDS Memorial stated, “This virtual exhibition shares stories of hope, healing & remembrance to honor Black lives lost to AIDS. Our hope is that it helps raise greater awareness about the ongoing struggle with HIV & the impact systemic barriers have to positive health outcomes, particularly among the Black community.” Raniyah Copeland, President & CEO, Black AIDS Institute added, “Today, Black Americans face the highest impact of HIV/AIDS compared to all other races and ethnicities. This highlights the need to center Black & LGBTQ people in the fight to end the epidemic. By sharing these powerful stories from the Quilt, we can continue to advocate for Black people living with HIV, defy stigma & create awareness around prevention & treatment options available today that can end HIV in Black communities over the next decade.” Gert McMullin, National AIDS Memorial Quilt Conservator concluded, “We selected Quilt panels for this exhibition that tell some of the many stories of Black Americans who lost their lives to AIDS & whose loved ones honored them by stitching their stories, their memories, their hopes into the Quilt. These stories are of children, women & men who we lost to AIDS & who all are remembered through the Quilt.” The exhibition is free to the public & can be viewed now through March 31, 2021. For More Info...

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