Nelson Mandela, AIDS Activist (1918–2013) by Sally Hessney South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela died at the age of ninety-five on December 5, 2013. He was remembered for his storied life as a resistance fighter, political prisoner, president, humanitarian, and human rights activist. He was acclaimed as a legendary leader of unmatched stature in the [...]
Professor Bette Dickerson encourages students to take an alternative break & work with others on issues like empowerment, rights and HIV/AIDS During the disco era in the late seventies and early eighties, the dance floor would become electric when all-the-rage hits like “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real,” “Dance Disco Heat,” and “Do You Wanna [...]
A South African Film Explores Courage and Survival Amid the AIDS Pandemic by Chip Alfred It’s called Life, Above All, but the opening scene takes place at the funeral of a baby who died of AIDS. The heartrending image of a tiny white coffin being lowered into the ground sets the tone for the film, [...]
Empowered by governments, religious ideology is shaping the aids industry in harmful ways. Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren Scanning headlines, I saw the CDC announcement that South Africa is now “a victim of its ARV treatment success.” This year S.A. hoped to treat eighty percent of its 1 million HIV-positive citizens. By 2024, the [...]
On June 17, weeks after the U.S. announced that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) would not significantly increase its funding to Africa, thousands of South African protesters marched on the U.S. consulate in Johannesburg.