New Orleans: Black Churches Put a Focus on AIDS
February 28, 2003
The persuasive power of the pulpit is the tool AIDS prevention activists are using for the upcoming 14th annual Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, held March 8-14. In New Orleans, the social service agency Brotherhood Inc. will host the observance for the second year. Also, eight local churches are participating in the week by holding special services to educate the public and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, which has disproportionately affected the African-American community. "We try to remove the stigma that exists in the African-American church. AIDS is in every community, every gender, every race. People who are infected or affected by HIV [should] have the church as a haven where they can go without being afraid," said Mary James, Brotherhood's faith-based coordinator.
Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
02.27.03; Diana Chandler
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