Emory will host the largest collegiate display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the world. Each quilt panel tells the story of a single life cut short by HIV/AIDS.
This year, not only will our organization host a display of quilt panels, but we will also sponsor an evening event on Friday, November 30th. This event will include performances by Emory a capella groups, speakers in the Emory and Atlanta community who will discuss AIDS/HIV research efforts, and stories from survivors and families of those who have passed away from the disease.
Student Reflection"When you see the Quilt, you can't help but be moved by its message of remembrance, awareness and hope."Since 2005, Hillel at Emory has been proud to present the annual "Quilt on the Quad" commemorating World AIDS Day at Emory. The initiative is organized by a diverse, university-wide committee chaired by Marni Baron and Jessica Jaksich.
Jewish tradition teaches that to save one life is to save the entire world. At its core, this commemoration of World AIDS Day is about young people taking ownership of a critical social justice issue for their generation. It is about fostering hope for a better future and giving people the inspiration to lead the way to a better world.
In addition to the event, there are blocks of Quilt hanging at various locations across campus. With teddy bears and Boy Scout badges, wedding rings and faded photographs, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a vivid reminder that HIV/AIDS can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age. The Quilt allows us to see not a disease or a set of statistics, but a mother, a child, a father or a brother. It is a place where walls come down, where people connect, stories are told, information is shared and potentially lives are saved.
Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the non-profit organization that is the caretaker of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The agency's mission is to preserve, care for and use the ever-growing AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, advance social justice and inspire action.
We could not do any of this without the partnership and inspiration of The NAMESProject. Thanks to Julie, Janece, Jada, Roddy and the incredible NAMES Project team who work so hard to bring us the inspiring display at Emory.