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.

“Many people across the country are oblivious to the fact that communities of color are still bending under the weight of HIV,” said June Gipson, PhD, CEO of My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. and NBHAAD Strategic Leadership Council chair for 2018. “We still have an unyielding responsibility to encourage each other to remain educated, and tested, and to sustain environments where prevention and care are paramount. The fight is not over.”

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.