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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
UNITED STATES: HIV/AIDS Talks Highlight Annual NAACP Religious Summit
Staff Writer
December 21, 2012 (12.20.12) Aids Weekly Plus

At its 14th annual National Religious Leaders Summit held December 10–12 in Atlanta, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People focused on moving the faith community back to a leadership role in matters of social justice. Faith leaders committed to working with the NAACP on HIV/AIDS and other issues. At the three-day meeting, faith and lay leaders created a post-election agenda for communities of faith, and Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP board of directors chairperson, led a dialogue session with mainline protestant denominations to discuss the NAACP’s five strategic “Game Changer” areas. In response to the dialogue, faith leaders made a national commitment to address HIV/AIDS in the black community after hearing NAACP’s report, “The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative.” Church leaders agreed to work with the NAACP to expand HIV testing opportunities and to offer faith-based training and prevention education in churches, seminaries, historically black colleges and universities, and organizational national conventions. The Summit presented a national training session on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention that was attended by 100 pastors, faith leaders, and members of local NAACP units and state conferences, including representatives from cities with some of the highest rates of HIV prevalence. Brock commented that the commitment by the highest offices of these denominations to engage in this work, has solidified the Black Church’s concern and commitment to reverse the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The churches represented at the NAACP meeting included AME Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, Black Methodist for Church Renewal, National Baptist Convention-USA, National Baptist Convention of America, Progressive National Baptist, and Primitive National Baptist.