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Mighty Like a RiverThe Black Church and Social Reform$
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Andrew Billingsley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161793

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.001.0001

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The Black Church Confronts the HIV/AIDS Crisis

The Black Church Confronts the HIV/AIDS Crisis

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(p.110) 9 The Black Church Confronts the HIV/AIDS Crisis
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Mighty Like a River
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Andrew Billingsley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0010

This chapter discusses the participation of the black church in the HIV/AIDS crisis. Some churches, such as the First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles, actively promote the use of condoms as part of their prevention programs. The personal nature of the HIV/AIDS crisis is further illustrated at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta and the Brookland Baptist Church in South Carolina. After some initial hesitation, the black church is responding nationwide to the crisis by reaching out to the community, secular agencies, families, and individuals caught up in the epidemic. Specifically described are the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Initiatives, and black churches in Washington. Furthermore, the health objectives for the Year 2000 are presented.

Keywords:   black church, HIV, AIDS, National Black Leadership Commission, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, First A.M.E. Church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Brookland Baptist Church

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