BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Singer Annie Lennox and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé were among those who attende the AIDS Memorial Quilt’s opening ceremony on the National Mall earlier on Saturday.
“The path to the last one begins with action and advocacy with research, access to care and a search for a cure,” said Lennox, referring to the “Last One” quilt panel that the NAMES Project received in 1988 with a handwritten message that expressed hope that the AIDS epidemic would someday end. “’The Last One’ begins with the last new infection, the last new AIDS case and the last AIDS death-the last child orphaned. ‘The Last One’ begins when hearts and minds are open, where stigmas ends and compassion begins. ‘The Last One’ began long before we arrived here this morning and today as we recommit to ‘The Last One’ with a promise to fight for the living, we honor the dead for they have made the ultimate sacrifice on the journey to the last one.”
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