Commitment to Action

The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative

Commitment by

Gilead Sciences

In 2013, the NAACP and Gilead Sciences committed to significantly scale up an initiative, The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, designed to enlist faith leaders as change agents to address the disproportionately severe impact of HIV on African Americans. For generations, the NAACP and Black faith leaders have been a catalyst for change on critical social issues including voting rights and employment opportunities. This initiative applies that tradition of social justice advocacy to the HIV epidemic, one of the most pressing health issues facing the Black community today with nearly 50% of all new infections occurring among African Americans. The initiative will train nearly 3,000 Black faith leaders, who serve congregations in 30 U.S. cities that comprise roughly two-thirds of the nation's HIV epidemic, to harness the power of current and future faith leaders to turn the tide on HIV in the Black community.

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The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative



Est. Duration

4 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Gilead Sciences

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