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Cleve Jones, AIDS Awareness Pioneer, to Speak

Cleve Jones, an activist and author who has been credited with bringing world attention to the AIDS epidemic through the NAMES project and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, will be speaking at the University of Redlands on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Orton Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The NAMES project, designed to bring awareness and memorialize those who lost their lives to the AIDS epidemic, was founded by Jones in 1987. The project's flagship, the AIDS memorial quilt, operates through the survivors of those killed by the disease, with each artist creating a 12-foot-square cloth panel in honor of an AIDS victim.

Jones conceived the idea for the quilt at a candlelight vigil for his friend and the renowned gay rights activist Harvey Milk after Milk's assassination, and then created the first quilt panel in honor of his close friend Marvin Feldman in 1987.

Since then, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has grown to become the world's largest community arts project, memorializing the lives of over 80,000 victims of AIDS. Independent affiliates of the NAMES Project are currently operating in 50 countries around the world, including Canada, South Africa, France, Holland, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Australia, Taiwan and Russia.

Jones continues to spread awareness through speaking engagements around the globe, meetings with public officials including Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela. Jones will be speaking at the university regarding the AIDS crisis and the AIDS quilt. He will be signing copies of his book, "Stitching a Revolution," which will be available for purchase.

Contact: Leela MadhavaRau leela_madhavarau@redlands.edu 909-748-8285 (Phone)

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