The HIV and AIDS Pandemic and the African Diaspora

By Deborah Morris-Harris, M.D

In 1981, there were several cases of atypical pneumonia and diarrhea in Boston area hospitals that caused severe wasting and resulted in death. The cases clustered demographically in young Haitian immigrants. At the same time, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported cases of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Pneumocystis Pneumonia in Caucasian homosexual men, mean age of 39, in New York City and San Francisco.

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Why W.E.B. Du Bois Matters 

By Charisse Burden-Stelly 

In 1950 at the age of 82, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois accepted the American Labor Party’s nomination to run for the New York seat of the U.S. Senate. Regarding this decision, his second wife, Shirley Graham, wrote: “The fact that you have done this now is conclusive proof of your own in[n]ate greatness. You accept the historic role in which events have cast you!” (Du Bois Papers, Shirley Graham Du Bois to W.E.B. Du Bois, Sept. 1, 1950).

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