The NAACP and Rev. R. L. White are gearing up to host an HIV training for senior faith leaders at Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church. The training, which is a part of NAACP’s “The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative” Initiative, will be conducted by the NAACP National Health Department. It aims to reframe HIV as a social justice issue and will present faith leaders with new tools to address the epidemic in their community.
The Atlanta training initiative will take place on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Phraim Baptist Church, 1202 W. Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318. The event is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage more Black faith leaders to talk about HIV with their congregations
“If Black America were its own country, it would rank 16th in the world for new HIV infections,” says a release on behalf of the NAACP. “‘The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative’ Initiative is a movement in which the NAACP is partnering with the Black Church to address the disproportionate HIV crisis in the Black community. Eliminating HIV will take great effort along with additional partners from the faith community to take action and put an end to the social injustices in the Black community in confronting the stigma and facilitating honest dialogue.”
The NAACP Clayton County and the Columbus Branch chapters will be hosting an additional training on Aug. 6 with the help of the president of the NAACP Georgia State Conference, Reverend Edward DuBose.
The training is closed to press, but Rev. Ed Dubose, Rev. R. L. White and Rev. Keron Sadler, NAACP National Health Programs Manager will be available for comments before and after the training.