February 29, 2024
A person contemplates a bit of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 2015. Picture by Chris Jennewein

The Oceanside Public Library is internet hosting an occasion, “Bear in mind and Commit” in honor of World AIDS Day on Friday.

The ceremony, within the Civic Middle Library Neighborhood Room, 330 N Coast Hwy., will embody public audio system, a second of remembrance, HIV assets and a show with 4 panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Partnering with the library on the occasion are the North County LGBTQ Useful resource Middle, Delight by the Seaside, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Vista Neighborhood Clinic and TrueCare.

The quilt sections join the story of AIDS to the work being executed to supply companies and lift larger consciousness about HIV at present.

The memorial was created 35 years in the past by homosexual rights activist Cleve Jones. Whereas planning a march in 1985, he was devastated by the rising numbers of lives that had been affected by AIDS in San Francisco and requested every of his fellow marchers to put in writing down the names of buddies and family members who had died.

Jones and others stood on ladders taping the placards to the partitions of the San Francisco Federal Constructing. The names appeared like a patchwork quilt, and impressed by this sight, Jones and his buddies made plans for a bigger memorial. 

In 1987, a bunch of strangers started gathering in a San Francisco storefront with the objective of making a memorial for many who had died of AIDS, whereas additionally serving to folks perceive the devastating affect of the illness.

The undertaking served as the muse of the NAMES Undertaking AIDS Memorial Quilt and later that yr, almost 2,000 of the panels have been displayed on the Nationwide Mall in Washington, D.C.

As we speak, the quilt has grown to greater than 50,000 panels, with greater than 110,000 names stitched inside its cloth.  It weighs 54 tons, stretches greater than 50 miles in size and is the biggest community-arts undertaking on this planet.  And it’s now a part of the Nationwide AIDS Memorial, which oversees its preservation and care. 

For extra details about the Oceanside occasion, please contact [email protected] or name 760-994-1690.