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On World AIDS Day, Hudson Valley Community College welcomes Cleve Jones, international activist and founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071 or (518) 378-3835 cell
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Nov. 23, 2009

World AIDS Day with Cleve Jones
Tuesday, Dec. 1
6:30 p.m.
Slide presentation: Photographs by Dona Ann McAdams
Live Music: Brian Melick on Udu drum

7 p.m.
Cleve Jones

Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Hudson Valley Community College Campus

This event is free and open to the public.  A reception with Cleve Jones, Dona McAdams and Brian Melick immediately to follow. 

Jones's career as an activist began in San Francisco during the turbulent 1970s. He worked as a student intern for pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk following his unprecedented election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. (Jones is portrayed by Emile Hirsch in "Milk," the 2008 Academy Award-winning film.) Jones conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at a 1985 candlelight memorial for Milk, who was assassinated in 1978, and created the first quilt panel in honor of a close friend, Marvin Feldman, in 1987.

Since then, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has grown to become the world's largest community arts project, memorializing the lives of more than 85,000 American AIDS' victims. Independent affiliates of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt now operate in 50 countries around the world.

A dynamic and inspiring speaker, Jones travels extensively, lecturing at high schools, colleges and universities. He lives in Palm Springs, CA and now works as a community organizer for UNITE HERE, the international union representing textile, hotel and restaurant workers.

This event is sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College's Cultural Affairs Program.