What does President Barack H. Obama (during his term as Illinois Senator), Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Tony Dungy, Idris Elba, Kimberly Elise, Lance Gross, Hill Harper, Taraji P. Henson, Tom Joyner, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chris Bridges (aka Ludacris), Percy Miller (aka Master P), Tangi Miller, Patrik-Ian Polk, General Colin Powell, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Gloria Reuben, Romeo, Rev. Edwin Sanders, Tavis Smiley and Congresswoman Maxine Waters all have in common? They have all served as spokespersons for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) using their reach to influence and empower individuals to get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated for HIV/AIDS.
“National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day recognized on February 7th of each and every year, since 2000 represents an opportunity to remember our lost loved ones, empower our communities, and impact our future. We want to transform awareness into action across the nation, which is why we ask that you Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved and Get Treated, if needed! This year marks the 15th observance of NBHAAD and we see a growth in mobilization among our churches, homes, businesses, and government agencies, but we must not stop there. Therefore, we will continue to lead the charge from the back, while our spokespersons, community change agents, and policy leaders work to create a brighter future without HIV/AIDS.” says Nycal Anthony-Townsend, President of AQE Solutions, LLC and Chair of the NBHAAD Strategic Leadership Committee (SLC).
The NBHAAD SLC has enlisted local, national and international celebrities to lend their voice, time, resources, and talent to help mobilize Blacks around HIV/AIDS prevention in cities where Black communities are disproportionately impacted and HIV infection rates remain high. Some of these cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Jackson, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Newark, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Trenton and Washington, D.C.