B'More Aware of HIV: The Living Red Ribbon Event

3rd Annual B’More Aware of HIV: The Living Red Ribbon Event 


The School of Community Health and Policy is honored to have been the academic host of the events that took place on Morgan’s campus on December 1st  in observance of World AIDS Day. With leadership from Dr. Lorece Edwards, Associate Professor in the Public Health Program Department of Behavioral Health Science and Tom Bonderenko of the non-profit organization Moveable Feast, Morgan State University was able to serve as the host site for the B’More Aware HIV Living Red Ribbon Event. The logistical feat was accomplished through a network of people from across the city planning and then coming together, arrayed in red ponchos, to successfully form “The Living Red Ribbon.”

The HIV/AIDS emphasis is part of ongoing research and program development within the School of Community Health and Policy in the area of sexual health. This work is currently being led by Dr. Edwards through her student and community focused Get SMART project and other funded research.

Special guests for the ribbon formation were Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Councilman Nick Mosby, and Interim Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Jacqueline Harvey. “Shout out” to the Baltimore City Public School youth and students from other universities who helped form a large volunteer corps for the activities and who participated in the ribbon formation as well.

On behalf of the event leadership, SCHP acknowledges the presence of the vendors and organizations that came and provided resources for the morning’s Health Fair. The School extends a special thanks to our President, Dr. David Wilson, and to the Division of Student Affairs, under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Banks, for the logistical support that made the event possible. We appreciate the contributions of the School of Global Journalism and Communications, headed by Dean Dewayne Wickham, who provided extensive multi-media support.

Pictures tell the story better than words. Please enjoy the photos from the day.


We hope that the momentum from the day does not end there. Education paired with action can bring about desired results. Let's all doour part to bring down HIV/AIDS rates in Baltimore and across the globe.

Kim D. Sydnor, Dean

Kudos to the group for being invited to join the WJZ "Melt Down" in recognition of their singing skills displayed as part of Manic Monday!

World Aids Day 2014 Planning Cmmittee Members

Tom Bonderenko, Moveable Feast

F. T. Burton, AIRS

Erin Donovan, Hope Springs

Lorece Edwards, SCHP

Becky Frank, Chase Brexton

Randolph Rowel, SCHP

December 1, 2014
Morgan State University
School of Community Health and Policy

Moveable Feast, the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, HopeSprings, Chase Brexton Health Services, AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services), the Baltimore City Health Department, University of Maryland Medical School’s “Preparing the Future” Program, Johns Hopkins University’s “GenerationTomorrow” Program, the Morgan Community Mile and others are coming together oDecember 1, 2014, World AIDS Day, for the 3rd Annual B’More Aware of HIV: The Living Red Ribbon Event in an attempt to create the largest living red ribbon in the world. The event will take place at Morgan State University on Monday, December 1st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Hughes Memorial Stadium with the ribbon formation taking place between 12 noon- 1 pm.  To register or obtain additional information, please go to Facebook.com/BmoreAwareHIV or call 410-327-3420, ext. 11