Retrospective: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference at AIDS Action
Posted Feb 11 2010 9:30am
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was February 72010. The Test 1 Million Boston Coalition organized a weekend conference for the event“We Are Greater Than AIDS”, which AAC hosted at our offices at 75 Amory Street. It was the first large community event we’ve organized in our new space. We were very excitedand honored that the Coalition wanted to hold their conference here.
I had the privilege of playing “official” host for AAC over the weekend. Friday night the Coalition held a dessert reception for participants in our expanded lobby/client waiting area. In addition to the 40+ people who joined us for food and conversationBoston City Councillors Chuck TurnerAyanna PressleyCharles YancyFelix ArroyoJr.and State Representative Liz Malia attendedas well. We were thrilled to see such strong support for HIV/AIDS care and prevention from the City Council. We were also happy to welcome a number of Boston clergy to the event.
The Boston branch of the NAACPthe Black and Latino Legislative CaucusHarvard’s Center for AIDS Researchthe Black Ministerial Allianceand many other organizations were also represented. Everyone had wonderful things to say about the new space and expressed there excitement over AIDS Action’s move to Jackson Square.
On Saturday the Coalition held a series of activitiesincluding HIV testingand health screenings and H1N1 vaccinations. There were educational workshops and an HIV focused community dialogue. Nearly 80 people turned out for the event! People were very excited about our plans to open 75 Amory Street up for community meetings and gatherings.
At the end I felt inspired by the group of people who came together to recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — to teach and learn from one another as we combat a disease that is disproportionately impacting black people and other communities of color. On behalf of AIDS ActionI want to thank everyone who made this conference possible. We look forward to working with these and other groups in the futureand open our doors to other community events.