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Showing posts with label Pastor E.Dewey Smith Jr. Greater Rest Baptist Church. Decature Ga. Black Community HIV AIDS The Black Church Reclaiming the dream.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pastor E.Dewey Smith Jr. Greater Rest Baptist Church. Decature Ga. Black Community HIV AIDS The Black Church Reclaiming the dream.. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Where Is The Black Church In The Midst Of This AIDS Pandemic?

On CNN's "Reclaiming the Dream" special, during a discussion of HIV/AIDS in the Black community, Judge Penny Brown is asked how to get people involved:"We need to remove the shame" and the self-worth issues surrounding HIV/AIDS". She went on to say "The Black Church" should be at the forefront of this, just like we are with civil rights issues." Is this true?

Now HIV and AIDS was not initially viewed as a black disease, but at present,it could be. The rate of HIV and AIDS has reached epidemic proportions in the black community. Now only 13 percent of the American population, black people make up over half of all new HIV and AIDS infections. There is an obvious disconnect -- AIDS is the leading killer of African Americans ages 25 to 44, and over 82 percent of African Americans belong to a church. Why have the black faith community been muted around this issue? If by being mute did the black faith community allow the root of HIV to take hold in the community? Some are saying how the faith community lack of first responded to this epidemic 25 years ago have contribute to how's it view in the black community today" What do you think?

Now all Black Pastors are not silent about HIV/Aids in the black community. One of My favorite pastor of these last days is E. Dewey Smith out of Decatur Ga. Now Pastor Smith starts out by reciting facts on HIV amongst the black race and around the world. video
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