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Newspapers Cover Local Events, AIDS Awareness Efforts on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 9, 2004

Saturday marked the fourth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is sponsored by the Community Capacity Building Coalition, a consortium of national minority-focused groups supported by CDC through the National Minority AIDS Initiative. The CCBC includes: Concerned Black Men, the Health Watch Information and Promotion Service, the Jackson State University-Mississippi Urban Research Center, the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web site, 2/8). The goal of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is to urge African Americans to "get educated, get tested and get involved" with HIV/AIDS in black communities (NBHAAD release, 1/20). Although African Americans represent about 12% of the U.S. population, more than 50% of all AIDS cases diagnosed in 2002 were among African Americans. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson in a statement said that National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day "serves as a springboard for action against the devastating effects HIV/AIDS continues to have on the African-American community" and "is an important opportunity to understand and educate people nationwide about mobilizing in the fight against HIV/AIDS." Thompson added, "Together, we can make a difference" (HHS release, 2/6).

Newspaper Coverage
Newspapers around the country covered events taking place in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Links to some of the articles published appear below:

Media Coverage
The following broadcast programs reported on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:

  • CNN's "Live Sunday": The segment includes comments from former Surgeon General David Satcher (Whitfield, "Live Sunday," CNN, 2/8). The complete transcript is available online.

  • CNN's "Saturday Night": The segment includes comments from Debra Fraser-Howze, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS; Zachary Jones, a bishop with the Unity Fellowship Church Movement; J.L. King, author of the book "No More Secrets, No More Lies"; and AIDS advocates Maria Davis and Michael Saunders (Udoji, "Saturday Night," CNN, 2/7). The complete transcript is available online.

  • NPR's "Tavis Smiley Show": The segment includes comments from Jacob Levenson, author of the book "The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America," and Dr. Mindy Fullilove, a psychiatrist whose work is featured in the book (Smiley, "Tavis Smiley Show," NPR, 2/6). The complete segment is available online in RealPlayer.

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