Introduction Draft

As I began studying my first panel of Floyd C. Parker, Jr. I noticed that it was more than just what met the eye. With much research, this panel that was seen as plain started to tell a story of Parker, Jr. Once, I chose my second panel I found a connection between the two. Both Parker, Jr. and Pastor Charles Krimmel were avid influencers who made a difference in their community by being inspirational leaders who welcomed everyone with open arms

Although these two men were influencers in different communities and in opposite ways, there’s no doubt that they left a mark on anyone who they made contact with. Parker, Jr. was a member of the UNC Educational Foundation, he was the videographer of these popular basketball games while also being a huge Tar Heel’s fan. He made many connections while working with this program so there’s no doubt he is missed and still well respected. Pastor Charles F. Krimmel was also well respected, as he taught his congregation in the way they should go. Pastor Charles’s panel consists of an entire quilt dedicated to him. This can show how much of an impact he left behind, his legacy still lives. 

The first case of AIDS was in 1983, at that time majority of people grew frantic, because there wasn’t much prior knowledge of how the disease was spread. Some people thought that once they contracted this deadly disease they were going to either die or be contained in a cell so that they wouldn’t spread it to others. Many people believed that by touching or rubbing against someone with AIDS they were now newly infected, there are way more stipulations than just that. Others thought that it could never happen to them nor their favorite public figure, but that is not the case neither. Public figures getting this deadly disease has brought the topic to the light, something most try putting on the back burner because it is seen as a taboo topic. Once Magic Johnson, a popular NBA player, Floyd C. Parker, Jr. and  Pastor Charles F. Krimmel contracted this, the people who looked up to these three men shifted thoughts. They wanted to understand more and became very supportive towards their loved ones. When public figures contract AIDS are they treated with the same respect they had before this disease as opposed to individuals living a regular life?

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