Crowns of Glory: Honoring African American Women Impacted by HIV
Given the huge impact HIV has had on African American women in Louisiana and the desire to increase the public's awareness of this issue, The Office of Public Health HIV/AIDS Program has established a project entitled "Crowns of Glory: Honoring African American Women Impacted by HIV." The goal of this project is to honor African American women living with or who have died from HIV/AIDS..
Crowns of Glory: Honoring African American Women Impacted by HIV, has the objective of creating hats honoring African American women who have been lost or are currently living with HIV/AIDS and strip away the stigma and silence. These hats tell the stories of the women who often had to call on inner strength to survive when they were often rejected by those around them.
Hats have long been an important symbol for African American women. In a PBS special entitled "Tradition of Hats in the African-American Church," they were called "an African-American tradition that blends high fashion, deep spirituality, and respect for ancestors. Fussed over, treasured, and even coveted by women of all ages. Hats do conceal, but mostly they reveal a great deal about those who wear them -- and their world."
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