International celebs, dignitaries urge end to AIDS stigma

Farrington, William
December 2003
New York Amsterdam News;12/4/2003, Vol. 94 Issue 49, p28
Before an audience of several thousand, artists and speakers from as far as Africa and Belarus and as near as the cathedral's own men's shelter came together for a solemn evening of commemoration and celebration. Senegalese vocalist Baaba Maal called attention to the plight of children orphaned by AIDS, his voice filling the great cathedral space with a melancholy beauty. An HIV-positive and recently homeless New York resident called for 100 people of like mind to donate $1,000 to create a fund for affordable housing for people with HIV/AIDS. Speakers included Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former U.N. high commissioner for human rights.


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