For Immediate Release
January 16, 2017
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(BPRW) AHF To Commemorate MLK Holiday At Parade and Through Free HIV Testing Events Across The Country

(Black PR Wire) LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed on January 16th by participating in MLK parades and hosting free HIV awareness and testing events in almost a dozen U.S. cities across the country, including Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Chicago, IL; Greensboro, NC; and Washington, DC.

AHF will celebrate the holiday at the following events:


Los Angeles, CA

January 16

AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade

Parade begins at 10:15 a.m. at S. Western Ave & W. MLK Blvd

Contact: Jacquie Burbank, (323) 208-1505


Washington, DC

January 16

AHF Speak Out advocates to participate in 11th annual MLK Peace Walk & Parade under the headline "AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue"

At 11 a.m. Anacostia Park near Good Hope Rd SE and Anacostia Dr. SE

Contact: Guy Anthony, (202) 567-0305


Ft. Lauderdale, FL

January 16

AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade and offer free HIV testing

Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Sistrunk Blvd. and Northwest Fifth Ave.

Contact: Jeff Owens, (404) 457-7247


St. Petersburg, FL

January 16

AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade

Parade begins at 11 a.m.

Contact: Pierre Guttenberg, (813) 952-6029


Atlanta, GA

January 16

AHF to participate in the Rustin-Lawrence Breakfast

Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. (open to public)

40 Courtland Street

Atlanta, GA 30303

Contact: Tim Webb, (267) 253-4213


AHF contingent to walk in MLK Day Parade

Parade begins at 1:15 at Peachtree Street and Baker

Contact: Imara Canady, (954) 952-0258 


AHF to sponsor “Beloved Community Talk” at The King Center

The Beloved Community Talk begins at 5 p.m. at The King Center


Chicago, IL

January 16

AHF to join MLK Celebration at Northeastern Illinois

Northeastern Illinois University Black Student Union
5500 S. St. Louis Ave. Chicago, IL

Contact: David Robertson, (773) 864-0458


New Orleans, LA

January 16

AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade

Parade begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall and ends at MLK Monument on MLK Blvd. & S. Claiborne Ave.

Contact: Sashika Baunchand, (225) 456-6955


Greensboro, NC

January 16

AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade

Parade begins at 11 a.m.

100 MLK Drive

Contact: TerL Gleason, (336) 312-6997  


Columbia, SC

January 16

AHF to participate in King Day at the Dome March & Rally sponsored by NAACP

Statewide MLK Prayer Services, 8:30 a.m., Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201 (March starts at Zion, 9:30 am)

Contact: Elizabeth McClendon, (803) 622-1684


King Day at the Dome Rally begins at 10:00 a.m.,

SC State House, North Steps, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC (Intersection of Gervais and Main Streets.)

Contact: Veronica Brisco, (267) 408-3984


Ft. Worth, TX

January 16

AHF contingent to walk in MLK Parade

Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Ninth and Commerce streets and ends at Sundance Square Plaza.

Contact: John Reed, (817) 896-7559


As African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United States, AHF advocates and its MLK parade contingents will continue to promote the message that “AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” and that access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS should be a universal human right. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans account for 44% of all people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, yet only account for 12% of the population. Latinos account for 21% of all new HIV infections nationwide, yet only represent 16% of the U.S. population.

“One of the most enduring legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. is the way he encouraged everyday citizens to take a stand in their communities for social justice and equal access to jobs, economic opportunity, housing and health care,” said Imara Canady, chair of AHF’s Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC). “Despite the strides we’ve made in many important socioeconomic areas, statistics show that HIV/AIDS is ravaging black and brown families from coast to coast today, especially in the Southeast where stigma and lack of access to care remain major factors to overcome. From the streets of Atlanta to the halls of Congress, we must keep pressure on our local, state and national elected leaders to direct needed funding and resources to those who are on the frontlines in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the communities of color.”

Disproportionately high numbers of HIV/AIDs cases among communities of color may be caused by several factors, including:

  • Lack of access to clinics for care and HIV testing, as well as to condoms and safer sex educational opportunities.
  • High levels of stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in these communities prevent people from learning their HIV status, or from seeking care and speaking honestly with their sexual partners if they know they are positive.
  • Both society and the healthcare industry have marginalized members of these communities both on account of sexual orientation and race, blocking essential treatment, care, and education for those who need it.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 678,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website:, find us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare