World AIDS Day event honors COVID-19 Victims, Drs. Fauci and Ho
This year, instead of hitting the road, the AIDS Memorial Quilt — the more than 48,000 handmade panels honoring over 100,000 lives lost to AIDS that brought attention to and spurred action to address the pandemic back in the late 1980s — will have virtual showcases in all 50 states and U.S. territories due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The showcases will begin on the National AIDS Memorial website on Nov. 16, kicking off the activities for the World AIDS Day commemorations on Dec. 1.
“During the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, the Quilt was a source of immense comfort, inspiration and used as a tool for social activism to open the eyes of the nation to injustice,” as well as to help with healing and grieving, according to a statement from John Cunningham, the executive director of the National AIDS Memorial, in a recent press release.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meaning of the Quilt has shifted.
“The Quilt team came up with this idea to use the power of the Quilt to help our nation heal during this current pandemic,” said Kevin Herglotz, a spokesman for the National AIDS Memorial. “Because as we’ve been in shelter in place, people haven’t been able to grieve. They haven’t been able to honor those who have been lost.”