FERNDALE – Affirmations will be celebrating Black History Month throughout February. The observance kicks off on Monday, Feb. 7, when the organization will have an informational display table in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
The month’s events will include diversity training for Affirmations’ staff and volunteers, Brotha to Brotha workshops offered by the Horizons Project, and two films highlighting African-American lesbians during the Lesbian Film Series.
On Feb. 9, Affirmations will host the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, and Amnesty International of the United States of America, for an invitation-only breakfast summit for LGBT and political leaders to discuss the human rights violations that are increasingly occurring in Jamaica against LGBTs. A Law Enforcement Forum, which will also be sponsored in part by these two organizations, will also be held.
The celebration will conclude on Feb. 28 with “A Red, Black and Green Affair,” an invitation-only event for all African American community and group founders/leaders.
Charity drive for Simon House
In addition, for the entire month of February Affirmations will be collecting personal products and toiletry items for the Simon House, which provides emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing to African American homeless, and primarily drug dependent, single women and women with children living with HIV/AIDS in the city of Detroit. Needed items include diapers, toilet paper and personal hygiene products.