Cultural Conversations On World AIDS Day

Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Dan Royles' first book, To Make the Wounded Whole: the African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS, was published in 2020 by University of North Carolina Press.

To Make the Wounded Whole offers the first history of African American AIDS activism in all of its depth and breadth. It introduces a diverse constellation of activists, including medical professionals, Black gay intellectuals, church pastors, Nation of Islam leaders, recovering drug users, and Black feminists who pursued a wide array of grassroots approaches to slow the epidemic’s spread and address its impacts. Through interlinked stories from Philadelphia and Atlanta to South Africa and back again, this book documents the diverse, creative, and global work of African American activists in the decades-long battle against HIV/AIDS.

As part of the research for To Make the Wounded Whole he also launched the African American AIDS Activism Oral History Project, which gathers the life stories of African American AIDS activists, and the African American AIDS History Project, a digital archive of responses to HIV/AIDS in black America. is an Associate Professor of History at Florida International University, where he teaches courses on United States, African American, LGBT, public, and oral history.

The panel will also include representative(s) from the Broward County Department of Health.  There will also be an exhibit sponsored by the World AIDS Museum featured in the AARLCC rotunda lobby.

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