Stories of Justice
Interweave to host two panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt December 1–7, 2013
World AIDS Day is held on Dec. 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show
their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. You can show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.
History of the Quilt
In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
The Quilt was conceived in November of 1985 by long-time San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones. Public response to the Quilt was immediate. People in the U.S. cities most affected by AIDS — Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco — sent panels to the San Francisco workshop. Generous donors rapidly supplied sewing machines, equipment and other materials, and many volunteered tirelessly.
The Inaugural Display
On October 11, 1987, the Quilt was displayed for the first time on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It covered a space larger than a football field and included 1,920 panels. Half a million people visited the Quilt that weekend.
The Quilt Today
Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.
Since 1987, over 14 million people have visited the Quilt at thousands of displays worldwide. Through such displays, the NAMES Project Foundation has raised over $3 million for AIDS service organizations throughout North America.
The Washington, D.C. displays of October 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1996 are the only ones to have featured the Quilt in its entirety.
The Quilt was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and remains the largest community art project in the world. The Quilt has been the subject of countless books, films, scholarly papers, articles, and theatrical, artistic and musical performances, including "Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt" which won the Academy Award as the best feature-length documentary film of 1989.
The Aids Memorial Quilt at ERUUF
We celebrated World Aids Day on Sunday December 1 by displaying the Aids Memorial Quilt panels in the sanctuary. Ross McKinney provided a testimonial at both services. HIV/AIDS researcher, David Sokal was our featured speaker Sunday evening at 7 pm.
The Aids Memorial Quilt was on display and open for public viewing according to the schedule below.
"Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt" was shown on Wed., December 4 from 7-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Special thanks to Lisa Rhodes for procuring a copy of this amazing film and donating it to ERUUF.
To monitor the display or volunteer for the program, contact Joyce Heflin, 919-451-0003.