Khafre K. Abif named new com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer of SAC

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The Birm­ing­ham, Alabama-based South­ern AIDS Coali­tion has named Khafre. K. Abif as its new com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer.

Abif is an At­lanta res­i­dent, au­thor of “Corn­bread, Fish and Col­lard Greens: Prayers, Po­ems & Af­fir­ma­tions for Peo­ple Liv­ing with HIV/AIDS” and founder of “Cy­cle for Free­dom,” a 2,028 mile bike trip de­signed to raise aware­ness of the se­ri­ous­ness of HIV/AIDS in black com­mu­ni­ties by re­trac­ing the path of those who fled slav­ery along the Un­der­ground Rail­road. He says his life jour­ney has pre­pared him for this new role.

“I be­lieve my 27 years of liv­ing with HIV in eight dif­fer­ent states pro­vides me with valu­able in­sight into how dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties are af­fected by HIV and how th­ese com­mu­ni­ties re­spond to the needs of peo­ple liv­ing with the dis­ease,” says Abif. “We must grow a broader coali­tion of peo­ple liv­ing with HIV and pro­vide them with the tools to suc­cess­fully ad­vo­cate for pol­icy change.”

“Khafre’s lo­cal, re­gional, and na­tional ser­vice as an ac­tivist, writer, au­thor, blog­ger and ed­u­ca­tor made him a nat­u­ral choice to lead this ef­fort,” says SAC Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Nic Carlisle.

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