Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP National Board of Directors
On a recent Sunday morning, church-goers in Baltimore piled into their places of worship expecting to hear a sermon on an epic battle. To the surprise of many, the battle the pastor spoke of was not between David & Goliath but between the black community and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Over the past three decades the HIV/AIDS epidemic has plagued African American communities throughout the country. Countless families have endured the pain of losing a loved one to this disease.
We are at the dawn of a new day as our nation moves one step closer to becoming the more perfect union our forefathers envisioned. Beginning this month, nearly 48 million uninsured Americans will embark upon a path toward high-quality health care.
On October 1, the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace opens for enrollment ensuring that hard-working, middle class families at or below the poverty line, can have access to quality health care without the threat of financial instability.
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Program to Train Black Church Leaders in 30 U.S. Cities to Educate Parishioners on HIV Screening, Treatment and Prevention
(New York City) – Today, onstage at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, the NAACP and its partner, Gilead Sciences, announced a joint CGI Commitment to Action to enlist faith leaders as change agents to address the disparate impact of HIV/AIDS on the African American community. Over the next five years, this unique partnership will expand its pilot program, The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, to reach the 30 cities that account for nearly two-thirds of the nation’s HIV epidemic.
“The Black Church and the NAACP have been partners in the struggle for social justice for more than a century. Today, our fight is against a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic that disproportionately impacts the lives of African Americans,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “For years, many felt that a discussion about HIV/AIDS had no place in African American houses of worship. However, the Black Church remains the cornerstone of our community and must be a critical voice and partner in helping to combat the HIV crisis.”
Video of the CGI presentation
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As we look at the climate of American society today, we find that history is unfortunately repeating itself. In the midst of the healthcare debate, the dreadful truths of racism and classism have reared their ugly heads in ways we have not seen since the end of the modern civil rights era.