This week Philly HIV/AIDS nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT released the itinerary for its 20th annual AIDS Education Month (AEM). Held in June, the schedule includes all kinds of parties, panels and workshops geared toward increasing local awareness, and sharing current information about how to prevent and treat HIV.
Standouts this year include the Hip-Hop for Philly concert, a free event for area young people who get tested at participating sites around the city. The headliner has yet to be announced, but they usually bring in some pretty legit talent. (Fabolous performed last year.) Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, the pastor who made headlines during the Obama-McCain Presidential election in 2008 will provide the keynote address at the Faith Leaders and Community Summit. And the 15th annual Prevention and Outreach Summit is an all-day affair featuring speakers like Nelson Mandela former National Commissioner on Gender Equality appointee Professor Farid Esack, and Paul Kawata, executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC.)
AEM takes place June 3rd to June 29th, and all events are free. To get you in the planning-ahead zone, I've pasted the full itinerary (with informative links!) below.
- June 3rd: Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony featuring honoree Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
- June 5th: Step Up Against AIDS: The First Philadelphia FIGHT Stepping Showcase
- June 7th: Faith Leaders and Community Summit featuring Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright (invite only)
- June 10th: Beyond The Walls: Prison Health Care and Reentry Summit
- June 14th: The Legendary Crystal Ball hosted by Philly FIGHT and the COLOURS organization
- June 18th: Prevention and Outreach Summit
- June 24th: Movements for Change
- June 27th: Hip Hop for Philly on National HIV Testing Day
- June 28th: Community Cookout
- June 29th: Gospel Concert
For more information, or to register for events, go here or call 215-985-4448 x 200.