World AIDS Day and our Annual Prayer Breakfast

December 1st was World AIDS Day and FIGHT honored the occasion with the 9th Annual Prayer Breakfast. Over 300 faith leaders and community members came together to offer hope and healing for those who are living with HIV/AIDS. We took the day to remember those who have passed and recommitted ourselves to standing with our sisters andbrothers in faith, in activism, in reducing stigma, and in enduring love. Bishop Audrey Bronson, Pastor of Sanctuary Church of the Open Door, served as keynote speaker for the breakfast. The event also included prayers by Rev. Dr. Chris Kimmenez and Rev. Naomi Washington Leaphart. The FIGHT Gospel Choir and the Kathanghah Dance Company were also on hand to offer inspiration through the performing arts.

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