Al Sharpton Promotes HIV/AIDS Awareness On Multi-City Tour

News & Views | Camille Travis | 02/18/2014 | 09:00 AM EST

The famed activist will hit four cities to close out Black History Month

The fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over and "BEING" guest Al Sharpton is doing his part to promote awareness across the country this Black History Month.

The legendary activist is spearheading "AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue," a four-city tour of town-hall discussions sponsored in part by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The meetings bring together local clergy and politicians to address the epidemic in several communities.

Jackson kicked off the series in Jackson, Miss. earlier this month and will continue on to Dallas (Feb. 22), Los Angeles (Feb. 23) and Baton Rouge (Feb. 28).

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation notes that African Americans currently account for 44 percent of all people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, yet only account for 12 percent of the population.

Additionally, Latinos account for 21 percent of all new HIV infections nationwide, yet only represent 16 percent of the United States population.

Don’t miss Centric’s “BEING” featuring Al Sharpton on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. EST!

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