Day of Unity

Each year, The Black Church & HIV recognizes Day of Unity, a day on which faith leaders across the country unite to preach from the pulpit about HIV/AIDS as a social justice issue. A cornerstone of the initiative, Day of Unity is designed to inspire and encourage pastors to address the HIV epidemic in their communities, reduce stigma and create a network of knowledge and action around HIV as social justice issue.

There are more than 21,000 Black churches in the U.S., and with your help, there is potential to make a significant impact and inspire people to help put an end to the HIV epidemic in Black America.

Each year, the initiative asks faith leaders to join in the fight by committing to one or more of the following actions:

  • Preach: From the pulpit to the pew, about HIV as a social justice issue
  • Share: On social media, with local media, and in your community using #DayofUnity
  • Act: Fight HIV with a testing drive or community event

Thank you to all of the faith leaders who helped make the fourth annual Day of Unity a success. To join the fight, explore the Online Training Manual and make your commitment here.

2015 Partnering Faith Leaders

  • Bishop Anthony L. Alfred, Sr., Family of Faith Worship Center
  • Reverend Joseph B. Baring, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon, Praise Temple of Shreveport Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral
  • Pastor Jonathan Brooks, Canaan Community Church
  • Minister Edward Burks, Greater Love Tabernacle
  • Dr. Robert F. Cheeks, Jr., Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Reverend Patricia A. Davenport, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA
  • Minister Charles Dorsey, COR AME Church
  • Pastor Merle H. Gathers, Christ Kingdom Fellowship Church
  • Dr. Evelyn Graves, Evelyn Graves Ministries Church
  • Pastor Nina S. Griffin, Community Bible Fellowship Church
  • Pastor Anthony Harris, The POWER Center Church
  • Pastor Jeffery Haskins, Unity Fellowship of Christ Church Philadelphia
  • Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Historic Little Rock Baptist Church
  • Reverend Dr. Charles Holsey, Jr., Campbell Chapel AME Church
  • Pastor Tony Howard, Destined For Glory World Outreach Ministries
  • Minister Lynette Ingram, Norton Ave. First Baptist Church
  • Reverend Dr. Francys Johnson, Mount Moriah Baptist Church
  • Pastor Lugenere Jones, Bensalem AME Church
  • Pastor Rob Jones, Foot of the Cross Christian Church
  • Pastor Eric Lacy, True Love Christian Church
  • Reverend Tony Lee, Community of Hope AME Church
  • Reverend Thomastine Leggett-Robinson, Monumental A.M.E. Church
  • Pastor Detrius Lewis, Unity Worship Center
  • Pastor Eugene Lewis, Lion of Judah
  • Minister L. Fitzgerald Lovett, New Zion United Methodist
  • Bishop Rasby G. Mason, II, Impact Church
  • Pastor Stephen McGlover, Freewill Missionary Baptist Church
  • Pastor Richard Meadows, St. Lukes Episcopal Church
  • Pastor Sheryl Mendez, Light of the World Family Ministries
  • Reverend Paula Milo-Moultrie, Samuel Chapel United Methodist Church
  • Reverend Dr. Otis I. Mitchell, Mount Zion First Baptist Church
  • Pastor Lindsey Phillip Napier, Sr., Warner Robins CME Church
  • Pastor Larry G. Patrick, Redeem Baptist Church
  • Pastor Terrence Porter, Pilgrim Baptist Church
  • Minister Charles A. Roger, Sr., St. James AME Church
  • Reverend Tristan J. Salley, DeLaine-Waring AME Church African Methodist Episcopal
  • Pastor Monica Sams, Balls CME Church
  • Pastor Edwin C. Sanders, II, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
  • Reverend Dr. Julius Scruggs, First Missionary Baptist Church
  • Reverend Dr. Michael A. Smith, St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Pastor Tyrone M. Stallings, Sr., New Zion United Methodist Church
  • Bishop P.A. Stewart, International Prayer of Faith Ministries, Inc.
  • Pastor Anthony W. Sullivan, Jr., God Can Ministries United Church of Christ
  • Pastor   Eddie D. Sumbler, One Accord Christian Church
  • Pastor Joseph E. Terry, Jr., Community Bible Fellowship Church
  • Pastor Cedric L. Walker, Sr., Joshua’s Temple
  • Pastor Reginald D. Walton, Phillips Memorial
  • Minister Miriam Whitehead, Maximum Life Christian Church
  • Pastor Jonathan Williams, Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church of Monroe
  • Pastor Mae Ella Williams, Wesley Chapel AME Church
  • Reverend Jasper W. Williams, Salem Bible Church
  • Pastor Bryan Williams, St., Church of the Messiah
  • BAUF-Black American Unity Flag


health equity

A fact sheet to introduce the concepts of social justice and health equity, and how the disparate impact of HIV on the Black community is a social justice issue.

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Sermon Ideas

A list of ideas to help inspire your thinking on integrating the social justice imperative message into your sermons.

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hiv testing

The most recent HIV testing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventative Services Task force, and HIV testing resources.

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talking points

Suggested talking points on the Day of Unity and The Black Church and HIV to help you to speak to the initiative and your commitments.

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Social Media Suggestions

A list of recommended posts for Facebook and Twitter to help you to share the Day of Unity.

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Learn About Our Work In the Community

Visit our blog to read about the work The Black Church & HIV initiative is doing across the U.S. to fight the HIV epidemic’s disparate impact on Black America.

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The Activity Manual provides more in-depth information about HIV and its impact on the Black community.

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