WASHINGTON – Howard University is set to bring together a full roster of international and regional community activists and health officials at its Sixth Annual International Conference on Stigma on Friday, Nov. 20.
This year’s speakers are at the forefront of confronting HIV/AIDS and other health-related conditions. The International Conference on Stigma takes place at the Armour J. Blackburn Center, 2397 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20059.
Hydeia Broadbent, the keynote speaker, was born with HIV and adopted as an infant. She began a career as a speaker and AIDS activist at the age of six. She went on to capture the attention of the world from Oprah Winfrey’s couch and the pages of Essence where she played an important role in humanizing the HIV epidemic in the 1990s.
Director/Producer Valerie Cummings, from Los Angeles, will show her documentary, “Women at Risk: Black Women and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” which will be followed by a panel discussion.
Loretta Jay, executive director of B Stigma-Free, along with fellow activists Laurin Hodge, Patrick Henry, Denise Spivak and Melinda Watman, will hold a workshop to discuss stigma of obesity, mental illness, LGBT and incarceration.