Actress lends support to local AIDS effort - - Jackson, MS

Actress lends support to local AIDS effort

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Stage and screen actress Sheryl Lee Ralph was in the Capital City Saturday lending her support in the fight against AIDS.

Volunteers at New Bethel A.M. E. Church gathered to sew new panels for the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Ralph joined group when the session started in the morning and remained through the afternoon.

The event is the Call My Name Campaign, an outreach initiative to draw attention to the public health crisis.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been traveling the country since 1987.

The panel making session created names of people from the Jackson metro area who died from the disease.

"This event along with others like it help raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community, promote prevention, pro-activity and empowers people," said Pastor Lorenzo Neal of New Bethel A.M. E. Church.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is made of more than 47,000 individual 3'x 6' panels each commemorating the life of someone who died of AIDS in America.

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