In the African American community, an understanding exists that mobilization and empowerment starts and ends with faith-based institutions. In an effort to rally the community into harmonized action, Palms announces “Let’s Stomp Out HIV: An African American HIV/AIDS Faith-Based Youth Summit and Step Show.” The event will be held in Compton on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Citizens of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 12930 S. Lime Ave.
“Let’s Stomp Out HIV” will include an educational and interactive panel discussing HIV-related issues, and then move onto the entertainment portion with a step show, judged by Greg Anderson, “Stomp the Yard” writer, Darrin Henson, choreographer to the stars and star of “Stomp the Yard,” Shane Sparks, Emmy nominated choreographer from the hit MTV show “America’s Best Dance Crew” and the Fox show “So You Think You Can Dance,” singing group O.N.E., and emceed by actor/comedian Rodney Perry.
The day will commence with a keynote address from Shahdae Holland, a 23-year old African American young woman living with HIV. Following her speech, there will be a Youth Summit with four African American youth pastors and three HIV+ African American youth.
Free to the public and open to the community, the Step Show competition will take place from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Church step teams from the Los Angeles area will compete, with a $500 prize going to the winning Youth Ministry. Music provided by Mr. Quick. Over 300 young adults are expected to attend.
In addition to all of the day’s activities, the first 50 youth (age 12 – 25 years old) that test on-site for HIV will receive two tickets to the “Morehouse” vs. “Prairie View A&M” Farmers Insurance Group Angel City Classic football. All tickets were generously donated by the Angel City Classic organization. Free HIV testing will be provided by the Minority AIDS Project, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Drew University.