REV JESSE L. JACKSON, SR. WELCOMES AWARD-WINNING “ORIGINAL DREAMGIRLS” ACTRESS AND AIDS ACTIVIST SHERYL LEE RALPH TO SATURDAY MORNING BROADCAST
Chicago, IL (Wednesday, November 14, 2012) —Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalitionwelcomes Tony-Nominated, film and television, actress, singer, dancer, and AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph who will address the Saturday morning forum at PUSH Headquarters at 930 East 50th Street on Saturday November 17, 2012 at 10am. Ms. Ralph was honored with the first Red Ribbon award at the United Nations for her unique use of the arts in promoting community health. Currently the award-winning actress tours the globe with her written and directed, one-woman show, Sometimes, I Cry, a humorous yet thought provoking play filled with laughter, music and soul. Ms. Ralph is also a proud, honorary member of the Divine Nine, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Sheryl Lee Ralph founded The Diva Foundation in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to AIDS. The Diva Foundation is an international non-profit organization that focuses on generating resources and producing events that raise awareness and educate millions of people affected by HIV/AIDS. It further utilizes music and entertainment as a vehicle to inform educate and reduce the stigma attached to the disease.
An estimated 34.2 million people worldwide had the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS in 2011, according to the UNAIDS data, up 18 percent on 2001, when 28.9 million were living with HIV.
There were 2.5 million new HIV infections in 2011, including an estimated 330,000 among children
AIDS-related deaths fell for the fifth year running to 1.7 million, down from a peak of 2.3 million in 2005 and 2006.
More than 8 million people had access to antiretroviral therapy, an increase of 20 percent from 2010. The U.N. wants the number to hit 15 million by 2015.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366.