Town hall meeting is Wednesday

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 3:25 p.m.
The Alachua County Branch of the NAACP will be hosting the first "Resounding the Alarm Sound" Town Hall Meeting to inform the community about the rising number of AIDS cases among blacks.
The town hall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Alachua County Library District Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. Free and open to the public, the event is a nationwide action of the NAACP.
"We are calling attention to the AIDS problem to the community to try to get them to help in lowering the number," said Nkwanda Jah, the health chair of the local branch of the NAACP. "The number of people with AIDS in the African American community is very high, and we want to try to lower it."
Elected officials and community leaders will be in attendance to help inform residents of the problem and to help come up with a solution.
"We just want people aware of the problem," Jah said. Other events related to HIV/AIDS that the local NAACP branch provides include the annual AIDS Walk, which last year raised $3,000, black church week and a bingo game to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community. For more information, call (352) 372-0216, or e-mail

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