Four decades of activism come to campus

Cleve Jones, advocate for AIDS awareness and LGBT rights, to share his story with students

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 13, 2010)—The Center for Student Diversity presents “An Evening with Cleve Jones: Four Decades of Activism” on Monday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Potomac Lounge of the University Union.

Featured speaker Cleve Jones has traveled the world as an activist for HIV/AIDS awareness and leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) rights movement. In his talk, he will share his achievements in grassroots activism and discuss how students can use their own passion to bring about social change.

In response to the onset of the AIDS pandemic in 1983, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, now one of the most influential AIDS advocacy organizations in the U.S. He is also the founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which memorializes the lives of more than 85,000 Americans killed by AIDS and, at 54 tons, remains the world’s largest piece of community folk art.

Jones first began his career in activism as an intern in the office of gay rights revolutionary Harvey Milk, and both men were recently portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Milk. He is also the author of Stitching a Revolution, a memoir of his life as an activist and the creation and development of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Towson University has invited many social justice leaders to its campus, including Reverend Michael Eric Dyson; Dr. Angela Davis; Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy; Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcom X; and more.

The event is sponsored by the LGBT Student Development Program, and is free and open to the public. For more information about Jones, visit his website.






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