A Social Justice Imperative

For the second year in a row, the NAACP Health Programs department is organizing the Day of Unity—an event that brings together pastors and faith leaders in solidarity through their commitment to address HIV as a social justice issue.  This year’s event will take place on Sunday, July 14th.

The Day of Unity is a cornerstone of The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative Initiative.  It is designed to unite pastors nationwide on one day to preach from the pulpit and help build a movement that will inspire our communities to take action and put an end to the social injustices in the black community.

The NAACP Health Department has developed a toolkit to assist in organizing the activities for the Day of Unity, including:

  • Participation ideas: a list of ways you could participate, ranging from inclusion of social justice themes in your sermon, to hosting an HIV screening at your church.
  • Talking points: to be used to help draft sermons or other congregation communications.
  • Sermon ideas: includes scripture themes and inspiration for HIV as a social justice issue.
  • Testing tips: understand the importance of testing and who should be tested for HIV.
  • Health equity: background information on achieving health equity for combating HIV.

AIDSVu: to assist in identifying local agencies to provide technical support and onsite HIV testing, utilize www.AIDSVu.org.

You can find out more about the Black Church and HIV NAACP Health programs project by visiting the website.