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AIDS / World AIDS Day / Black Americans / Cooper Interview #163978

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 01, 1996
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(Studio: Deborah Roberts) Around-the-globe ceremonies for World AIDS Day shown.

(New York: George Strait) The rise of AIDS in the black American community featured; scenes shown from New York City, where outreach workers go through the parks trying to educate those having unprotected sex and using drugs. [Minority AIDS Task Force Ron TURNER, Cornerstone Baptist Church Reverend William McKISSIC, former Congressman William GRAY, Harvard University Henry Louis GATES - offer views on AIDS.] The lack of funding for AIDS programs directed at black Americans, the lack of leadership in the black community and the beginnings of active interest in the AIDS problem within the academic and religious venues explored.

(Studio: Deborah Roberts) Interview held with Harvard AIDS Project Mario Cooper about organizing the fight against AIDS in the black community. [COOPER - recounts the history of denial about AIDS within the black community and the problems of confronting many community health issues.]

(Studio: Deborah Roberts) WHO estimates that 77 percent of AIDS cases are in Africa mentioned.

Roberts, Deborah;
Strait, George

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