Al Sharpton plans trip to Baton Rouge to discuss AIDS

Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton is coming to Baton Rouge at the end of February to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Sharpton’s visit will be part of a multi-city tour of town-hall discussions that bring together local clergy and politicians to address the AIDS issue in several communities. The meetings are sponsored in part by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The Baton Rouge town hall will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Ave.

Sharpton most recently visited Jackson, Miss., kicking off the series of meetings to run through the month of February, which is Black History Month.

The four-city tour is billed as “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue.” Sharpton also will visit Dallas on Feb. 22 and Los Angeles on Feb 23.

“Currently African Americans account for 44 percent of all people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, yet only account for 12 percent of the population,” according to the event information on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation website. “Latinos account for 21 percent of all new HIV infections nationwide, yet only represent 16 percent of the U.S. population.”