Employee Fired From St. Louis Black AIDS Group Establishes New Minority Health Group
February 25, 2004
A former employee of the St. Louis-based group Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS has launched his own not-for-profit group aimed at helping African Americans and other minorities combat diseases, including HIV/AIDS, that disproportionately affect their communities, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (Hollinshed, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/23). The board of BABAA, which is now known as REACH St. Louis, in November 2002 fired Erise Williams, who served as its director, after the City of St. Louis Department of Health began investigating on behalf of CDC allegations that BABAA had used federal money to pay a retired gay pornographic film actor to strip at a sex education event. The funds were part of a $96,000 grant to fight syphilis. The BABAA board also fired Senior Director James Green over the incident (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/16/03). Williams said that being fired from BABAA was "life-changing," adding, "It was like a part of my life being sucked out of me because I had, some time ago, decided to dedicate my life to it."
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