AIDS quilt founder to speak here

AIDS quilt founder to speak here Cleve Jones, founder of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, is keynote speaker Monday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall in Old Main at The University of South Dakota.

Jones' lecture titled "We Bring A Quilt: The Story of the Aids Memorial Quilt," is part of three days of educational sessions and workshops provided by the Sioux Empire Red Cross and the South Dakota HIV/AIDS Network in Vermillion.

On March 25-27, USD and the Vermillion community will display nearly 400 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. There are more than 44,000 panels in the quilt, each representing and honoring the life of a person lost to AIDS.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was made to increase public awareness of AIDS and to assist with HIV prevention education. Around the globe, at least 18.8 million lives have ended due to the AIDS epidemic.

Jones, the founder of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, is an unrelenting AIDS activist. He seeks to promote a greater national understanding of the devastating effects this epidemic is having on victims' friends, families, and countless communities across America. His lecture is an enlightening and heartfelt message of this long-ranging social epidemic. His new book is titled, Stitching a Revolution � The Making of an Activist.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt display will be held in Slagle Auditorium on the USD campus beginning Sunday, March 25 through March 27.

"'To Tell the Story' will be a region wide community arts project designed to show people our humanity," said Wendy Stubbs, co-chair of the display committee.

Workshops and educational meetings will be held in the Coyote Student Center during the week prior to the display. Donations can be sent in advance or a collection will be taken at the quilt display.

After expenses, all remaining funds will be distributed to the Berakhah House in Sioux Falls, an organization that provides assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS. The quilt display is made possible by the AIDS Memorial Quilt committee in Vermillion.

For more information on this quilt display and a schedule of events go to: http://www.usd.

edu/aidsquilt/, or contact Matthew Mims, chair at 605-677-5466 or Wendy Stubbs, co-chair at (605) 624-6902.

more information on Hiv and IDS in South Dakota contact Stephanie Koster at 605-336-2448.

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