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Philly Fight and William Way Honor 30th Anniversary of AIDS Library

Friday Nov 10, 2017

On Friday, November 10, head to the William Way Center in Philadelphia for their AIDS Library 30th Anniversary Celebration and Opening Reception for the exhibit "Still Fighting For Our Lives."

Come join us in taking a look back at 30 years of the AIDS Library, the nation's first lending library exclusively dedicated to providing information related to HIV/AIDS. This celebration is in conjunction with the opening for "Still Fighting For Our Lives," a visual exhibition featuring materials from the William Way's Philadelphia AIDS Library Graphics Collection. There will be hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided.

On September 25, 1986, thousands walked silently by candlelight through the streets of Philadelphia to raise awareness of the plight of AIDS in our community. Those in attendance marched to mourn hundreds of losses, stand by those living with the disease, and demand the attention that the growing epidemic deserved. Organizers raised money for the event by selling t-shirts emblazoned in black and white with the phrase "Fighting For Our Lives."

The money left over went to the founding of the Philadelphia AIDS Library, an institution which has steadfastly served the community for 30 years now. This exhibit, highlighting the Philadelphia AIDS Library Graphics Collection, explores the history of HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia. Despite great strides made in the prevention and treatment of the disease, it still threatens many, including some of the most vulnerable members of our community. For this reason, we are "Still Fighting For Our Lives."

The exhibition and celebration will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Attendance is free.

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