Celebrate Black History Month With Us
February 25, 2013
In the United States, February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the countless contributions made by African-Americans. To honor this special month, we’re sharing the stories of African-Americans who are taking part in the fight to eliminate HIV/AIDS and create an AIDS-free generation. From Hydeia Broadbent to Magic Johnson, these figures are standing tall and working on behalf of their communities in the fight against HIV.”
Hydeia, an advocate for children and young people living with HIV, Hydeia, who was born with the virus, worked closely with Elizabeth Glaser and spoke out about her HIV status. Now 27, Hydeia continues to work for the rights and needs of people living with HIV. I recently spoke with her about her story and her message for young people. Continue reading...
Leisha currently serves as the Director of Technical Assistance and Stakeholder Engagement for the Black AIDS Institute. Prior to joining BAI, Leisha served as HIV Prevention Director for the Georgia Department of Community Health and an HIV Prevention Manager for the Florida Department of Health. Recently, I talked with her about HIV/AIDS in the Black community and the future of the pandemic. Continue reading...
Magic Johnson. (Photo: ABC, 2013)
When Magic Johnson played Larry Bird in the 1979 NCAA National Championship game, the game was the most-watched college basketball game of all time. His performance that day signaled the beginning of one of the greatest NBA careers of anyone to have ever played the game. He won five NBA Championships, including a title his first year in the league. He set records nearly every time he stepped on the court. He won Olympic gold with the 1992 “Dream Team,” still one of the greatest teams ever assembled. He was, without a doubt, a sports superstar. But that’s not why he’s magic. Continue reading...
Jane Coaston is the Foundation's Media Relations Coordinator, based in Washington, D.C.