FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BLACC–In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS Healthcare
Foundation (AHF) will partner with Mount Olive Development Corporation
in Fort Lauderdale to present the Keep the Promise (KTP) Concert & March
to create greater awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Broward and
Miami-Dade counties and encourage the community to answer the “call to
action” in addressing the rising HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The Keep the Promise Concert & March will kick off Tuesday, February 7th
at 6:00 p.m. with a short march from New Hope Baptist Church, located at
1321 NW 6th St., to New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 400 NW 9th
Avenue. The march will be followed by a moderated community conversation
on how stigma and judgment encourage the spread of HIV/AIDS and the role
of the faith community in fighting the epidemic. Award-winning gospel
artists Yolanda Adams and Erica Campbell of gospel duo
Mary Mary will perform live following the discussion.
The Keep the Promise Concert & March is free and open to the public, but
registration is required at usakeepthepromise.org.
Marchers will begin gathering at 5:30 p.m. at New Mt. Olive Baptist
Church; shuttles will be provided to the beginning of the march at New
Hope Baptist Church. Space is limited for the concert and march
participants will be given priority seating.
According to most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC), African-Americans account for 12% of the U.S. population, but
account for 45% of new HIV cases across the United States. Florida ranks
#1 in the nation of newly diagnosed HIV cases with Miami/Dade and
Broward counties ranking top in the state of newly diagnosed HIV cases.
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have devastating impact on the South
Florida community and specifically among African-Americans,” said Michael
Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief. “We are pleased to continue our
partnership with Mount Olive Development Corporation in presenting the
Keep the Promise Concert & March on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness
Day to serve as a potent reminder to our local leaders and neighbors
that the fight against HIV/AIDS continues. It’s essential that the faith
community plays a critical and visible role in helping to reduce stigma
and judgment towards those impacted by the disease.”
Created by AHF, the “Keep the Promise” (KTP) campaign brings together
local and national advocates along with spiritual and political leaders
to remind elected officials and the community-at-large that the fight
against HIV/AIDS and for other social justice issues is not yet won.
The Fort Lauderdale “Keep the Promise” is the eighth in a series of
similar KTP events spearheaded by AHF since 2012, with the inaugural
event in Washington, D.C., in July 2012, followed by KTP events in
Atlanta (Nov. 2012); Brooklyn, N.Y. (Apr. 2013), Cleveland, OH (May 2013
and July 2016), Durban, South Africa (July 2016), and Los Angeles (Dec.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
605,000 individuals in 35 countries worldwide in the U.S., Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Imara Canady, Regional Director,
Communications and Community Engagement, AHF Southern Bureau
Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF