As you may already be aware, there is still much work to be done in mobilizing Black churches in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To help meet this challenge, our partners at NAACP, along with Black church leaders from across the country, are coming together for the fourth annual Day of Unity on Sunday, July 12.The purpose of this effort is to unite faith leaders nationwide to preach from the pulpit about HIV/AIDS as a social justice issue. There are more than 21,000 Black churches in the U.S., and with your help, there is potential to make a significant impact and inspire people to help put an end to the HIV epidemic in Black America.
As a cornerstone of NAACP’s initiative, The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, the Day of Unity is designed to encourage pastors to address the HIV epidemic, reduce stigma and create a network to take action and stop the social injustices that have led to the unequal impact HIV is having in our neighborhoods.
Participants are asked to join in the fight by committing to one or more of the following actions:
- Preach – From the pulpit to the pew with messages about HIV
- Share – On social media using the hashtag #DayofUnity, with local media, and in your community and post the invite on your facebook
- Act – Fight HIV with a testing drive or community event
- Report Back – Tell NAACP what you did to make a difference in your community. In recognition of your efforts, your name (and your church’s name) will be included as participants in the Day of Unity online.
As a part of this initiative, NAACP will be sharing a Day of Unity toolkit with materials, messages and engagement ideas to help faith leaders reach their congregants on this day. To receive the toolkit, complete and submit the sign-up form.
In recognition of your participation, your name and church will be displayed on the initiative’s website, and included in a blog summarizing the events and highlighting the champions, like you, who made of Day of Unity a success. Use the #DayofUnity hashtag to join the conversation on social media, which will also be highlighted on the initiative website. Thank you in advance for helping to spread the word about HIV by engaging the faith community in this important conversation