Thank you for joining us for the 32nd annual Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast!
Saturday, April 2, 2022
The Breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m. and the presentation begins at 10:00 a.m.
The Breakfast will take place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA.
Dress code is Semi Formal.
Our 2022 theme is “The Quest Continues to Eradicate HIV/AIDS.” The Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast is an event of Fenway Health — the state’s leading provider of prevention and wellness services for people living with and at-risk of HIV/AIDS.
This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Sen. Craig Hickman of the Maine Senate. Sen. Hickman is the first Black lawmaker to serve in both chambers of the Maine legislature. Prior to being elected to office, Sen, Hickman was an AIDS Educator at Fenway Health from 1993–1994 and a participant in the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention’s first Gay Men of Color Summit.
During the event, the BRCB Committee will present the Bayard Rustin Award to Spencer Collins IV for Courage, and the Belynda A. Dunn Award to Healing Our Community Collaborative, Inc. (HOCC) for Activism.
This will be a hybrid event. The in-person portion has a capacity of 200 tickets and will be available on a first come, first serve basis on the website between March 1–March 15.
ABOUT BAYARD RUSTIN
Bayard Rustin, one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights movement, was an openly gay, African-American leader actively engaged in social movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Bayard went on to become the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. In 2013 he received the presidential medal of honor presented to him posthumously by President Obama for his work of social justice and change.
HISTORY OF AIDS ACTION
AIDS Action is New England’s largest provider of services to people living with HIV/AIDS and populations at risk of infection. AIDS Action goes beyond the basics and provides programs designed to stabilize the lives of our clients so that they may focus on getting and remaining healthy. Please visit aac.org to learn more.
ABOUT THE BREAKFAST
Founded by members of the community in 1990 and created by AIDS Action Committee, now a division of Fenway Health. BRCB is an annual HIV/AIDS awareness event for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender+ people from communities of color to inform, affirm and empower us all in the continuing HIV/AIDS crisis. Historically, a central core to the Bayard Rustin Breakfast has been to use art—in all of its forms—as a strategy to educate, sustain hope and mobilize LGBTQ+ communities of color to become energized in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
This year’s Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast is dedicated to all those who continue to work towards getting to Zero infections caused by HIV/AIDS.
- To better align our policies with state and city guidelines, COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged but will not be required.
- Please be aware that we will be conducting basic COVID-19 symptom screening at the door.
- If you are feeling symptomatic on the day of the event, we ask that you remain at home for the safety of our community and that you notify Liz Roderick that you will not be able to attend
- The City of Boston recommends that masks be worn in settings where there may be individuals who are immunocompromised, seniors, and people who are unvaccinated. We invite guests to partner with us to keep our community safe by wearing their masks when not eating or drinking.
The Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast Committee
The Breakfast is planned by a dedicated committee of volunteers:
Co-Chairs: Kimberly Wilson & Nigel Griffith
Committee Members: Joty Allison, Adrianna Boulin, Harold du Four-Anderson, Robert Martin, Philip Robinson, Zariah Williamson