September 10, 2015

USCA Kicks off with Opening Plenary on #BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter has become both a rallying cry and a point of division as America tries to grapple with race and its legacy of prejudice and discrimination.  This plenary looked at how Black lives matter in the fight to end the HIV epidemic in America.  The numbers don’t lie; the disproportionate impact that HIV has on African Americans cannot be denied.  In a movement committed to social justice, why are the results so disproportionately impacting communities of color?  The opening plenary of 2015 USCA opened with an important discussion on the future of this movement. Speakers included: Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Valerie Rochester, Director of Programs at Black Women’s Health Imperative; HIV Advocate Martez Smith; transgender advocate Valerie Spencer; and civil rights advocate DeRay Mckesson.