The Fisk-Meharry Medical College HBCU Wellness Project will display quilt panels from the NAMES Project Foundation’s AIDS Memorial Quilt on Wednesday, April 28th – Monday, May 3rd, 2010. The event will take place in the Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium on the historic campus of Fisk University. The goal is to raise awareness about the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Nashville community.
In addition to the quilt exhibition, there will be a variety of educational events and fun activities including: free HIV/AIDS testing, spoken word (poetry recital), jazz music, a mini health fair, and an HIV/AIDS remembrance service.
Invited guests from the Tennessee legislature and the Nashville City Council; will speak about the health disparities affecting the Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee – Davidson County community. Marvelyn Brown, a 25-year-old native Tennessean, who was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 19, will share her compelling personal story. Brown’s autobiography, The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive, was published by Amistad/HarperCollins in 2008. Dr. E. Holmes Matthews, Jr. Th.D., ‘Pastor Matt’ of Naaman’s Retreat Ministries, Nashville, TN, will lead the HIV/AIDS remembrance service.
These events are free and open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Our goals for the events are 1) to help educate people regarding HIV/AIDS prevention and transmission, 2) to provide information regarding local services for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and 3) to decrease stigmas associated with caring for persons living with the HIV/AIDS virus.
Contact 615.329.2372 for more information pertaining to the AIDS Memorial Quilt Display.