Martes 26 de Marzo 2019

AHF To Commemorate MLK Holiday At Parades and Through Free HIV Testing Events Across The Country

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will commemorate the Martin Luther King
Jr. holiday observed on January 16th by participating in MLK
parades and hosting free HIV awareness and testing events in almost a
dozen U.S. cities across the country, including Los Angeles, CA; San
Francisco, CA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans,
LA; Chicago, IL; Greensboro, NC; and Washington, DC.

AHF will celebrate the holiday at the following events:

Los Angeles, CA     January 16     AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade     Parade begins at 10:15 a.m. at S. Western Ave & W. MLK Blvd.     Jacquie Burbank

(323) 208-1505

Washington, DC     January 16     AHF Speak Out advocates to participate in 11th annual MLK Peace Walk
& Parade under the headline “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue”
    At 11 a.m. Anacostia Park near Good Hope Rd SE and Anacostia Dr. SE     Guy Anthony

(202) 567-0305

Ft. Lauderdale, FL     January 16     AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade and offer free HIV testing     Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Sistrunk Blvd. and Northwest Fifth Ave.     Jeff Owens

(404) 457-7247

St. Petersburg, FL     January 16     AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade     Parade begins at 11 a.m.     Pierre Guttenberg

(813) 952-6029

Atlanta, GA     January 16     AHF to participate in the Rustin-Lawrence Breakfast


AHF contingent to walk in MLK Day Parade


AHF to sponsor “Beloved Community Talk” at The King Center

    Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. (open to public)

40 Courtland Street

Atlanta, GA 30303


Parade begins at 1:15 at Peachtree Street and Baker


The Beloved Community Talk begins at 5 p.m. at The King Center

    Tim Webb

(267) 253-4213


Imara Canady

(954) 952-0258

Chicago, IL     January 16     AHF to join MLK Celebration at Northeastern Illinois University     Northeastern Illinois University Black Student Union
5500 S.
St. Louis Ave. Chicago, IL
    David Robertson

(773) 864-0458

New Orleans, LA     January 16     AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade     Parade begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall and ends at MLK Monument on
MLK Blvd. & S. Claiborne Ave.
    Sashika Baunchand

(225) 456-6955

Greensboro, NC     January 16     AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade     Parade begins at 11 a.m.

100 MLK Drive

    TerL Gleason

(336) 312-6997

Columbia, SC     January 16     AHF to participate in King Day at the Dome March & Rally sponsored
    Statewide MLK Prayer Services, 8:30 a.m., Zion Baptist Church, 801
Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201 (March starts at Zion, 9:30 am)


King Day at the Dome Rally begins at 10:00 a.m.,

SC State House, North Steps, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC
(Intersection of Gervais and Main Streets.)

    Elizabeth McClendon

(803) 622-1684


Veronica Brisco

(267) 408-3984

Ft. Worth, TX     January 16     AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade     Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Ninth and Commerce streets and ends at
Sundance Square Plaza.
    John Reed

(817) 896-7559


As African American and Latino communities continue to be
disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United States, AHF
advocates and its MLK parade contingents will continue to promote the
message that “AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” and that access to care and
treatment for HIV/AIDS should be a universal human right. According to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans
account for 44% of all people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, yet
only account for 12% of the population. Latinos account for 21% of all
new HIV infections nationwide, yet only represent 16% of the U.S.

“One of the most enduring legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. is the way
he encouraged everyday citizens to take a stand in their communities for
social justice and equal access to jobs, economic opportunity, housing
and health care,” said Imara Canady, chair of AHF’s Black
Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC). “Despite the strides we’ve
made in many important socioeconomic areas, statistics show that
HIV/AIDS is ravaging black and brown families from coast to coast today,
especially in the Southeast where stigma and lack of access to care
remain major factors to overcome. From the streets of Atlanta to the
halls of Congress, we must keep pressure on our local, state and
national elected leaders to direct needed funding and resources to those
who are on the frontlines in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the
communities of color.”

Disproportionately high numbers of HIV/AIDs cases among communities of
color may be caused by several factors, including:

  • Lack of access to clinics for care and HIV testing, as well as to
    condoms and safer sex educational opportunities.
  • High levels of stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in these communities
    prevent people from learning their HIV status, or from seeking care
    and speaking honestly with their sexual partners if they know they are
  • Both society and the healthcare industry have marginalized members of
    these communities both on account of sexual orientation and race,
    blocking essential treatment, care, and education for those who need

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
678,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
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Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications
+1.323.791.5526 mobile
Associate Director of Communications
+1.310.880.9913 mobile