Media from “Introduction”
- The photograph displayed below is Pastor Charles F. Krimmel’s memorial block located in Atlanta. This piece of art was sent into to the NAMES Project Foundation that memorializes loved ones who lost their lives to AIDS. Most of the pieces sent in panels that eventually become sewn in with other panels which may have no relationships with each other, only a color scheme the seamstress envisions. Unlike those panels, Pastor Charles was memorialized using an entire block created by over 30 people and included 7 panels. It helps justify my claim that public figures influence the views of the AIDS Epidemic because even if they are insensitive towards others with the disease when it comes to someone they care for deeply or look up to they become more understanding.
Pastor Charles F. Krimmel’s Memorial Block: Image Credit: NAMES Project Foundation
Media from “The Fear of AIDS”
- The photo displayed below is something that a protestor in an AIDS walk would carry as a sign. It gives awareness that although AIDS is deadly, being ignorant of the disease by judging those can be just as harmful to one’s health. This stands out because in today’s society we are still not as understanding of this deadly disease and tend to cast off anyone with it, in fear that we could contract it. There needs to be more information readily available to the public, and those public figures have helped in different ways to convey messages about it as well. The picture is hyperlinked to redirect readers to another tab of their internet page that offers knowledge about HIV and AIDS.
Media from “It Could Never Be Me”
- The video and picture included in this section are very historical before 1991 public figures were thought to be to supreme to catch this deadly disease that had only been known of for a decade. Once Magic Johnson made his announcement to the public, many citizens began to rethink AIDS/HIV and its effects. The media that’s included in this section is very vital to the overall concept because it shows that this disease doesn’t care who you are, what you’re known for, or how you look you can still be affected. When people realized it could be anyone a shift in attitudes towards it came about, people began educating themselves more on it instead of just judging the person affected by it. Magic Johnson also stands by those who have this disease even offering to be the spokesperson to prevent any more cases.
The picture is a snapshot of his emotion during the video link below, it shows a public figure in his youth, who although receiving and detailing his dilemma still shows an optimistic view of his future.
Media from “Public Figures Diagnosed with AIDS”
- On this page 3 public figures were included, all were too different degrees on their limelight but still served in helping their community become more sensible. Floyd C. Parker, Jr. was able to reach a community of basketball lovers, as he was a member of the UNC Foundation ever since he had graduated from North Carolina University. Policies were put out in the workplace to protect people like Floyd from losing their job due to possible discrimination. Magic Johnson was a talented NBA player who upon discovering he had HIV decided to retire from the NBA and became an activist by talking to the youth about preventive measures and those infected about how life would be fine if they continue or begin treatment. Pastor Charles F. Krimmel was very influential as he was a member of the ELCA and a pastor of a larger church. As a member he was granted the opportunity to preach across America, this leads to many connections so when he died of AIDS his family was supported by many followers of Pastor Charles. These 3 public figures were vital to my paper because they have differences but their similarities of bringing to light a real issue are much more effective.
A picture of Floyd C. Parker, Jr. included in his panel.
Media from “Conclusion, What’s Next?”
- The video displayed below is dated to 1987 and is a recording of the March on Washington. It shows how the NAMES Project had many AIDS Quilts and hundreds of people joined to memorialize them. The effects of this disease are real and still affect the loved ones years after the loss of the one infected. This video helps depict that this disease is real and it has been affecting the lives of the ones left behind for decades now. The public figures have helped show that anyone can get this disease if proper preventive measures don’t take place. The NAMES Project is also very fundamental because it offers the loved ones an opportunity to voice their love for their loved on by creatively making a panel that will be kept so if others want to learn about them, or family and friends want to revisit it.