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NATIONAL BLACK LEADERSHIP COMMISSION ON AIDS

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NEW YORK – Gospel Extravaganza 2018, presented by the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), was a stellar celebration of life and a culmination of the organization’s 30 years of service to educating, mobilizing and empowering Black leaders to address and proactively fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other health disparities facing African Americans. The benefit concert was attended by more than 200 Gospel enthusiasts and community leaders who gathered for an evening of triumph and recognition. Hosted by Liz Black, of 107.5 WBLS NY, 1190 WLIB NY, WMCA 590 and NBLCA’s president and CEO C. Virginia Fields, the evening featured live performances by two of the biggest names in Gospel music today: Richard Smallwood and JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise. Smallwood and Hairston each performed a variety of selections from their respective repertoires, and each accompanying band and choir drew the guests to their feet in a stirring and moving display of praise.

In addition to the li…

MALONEY HONORS FDNY UNION & CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS

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 FDNY UNION STOOD UP FOR RACIAL EQUALITY
THEY MARCH AGAIN

Photos By: James Edstrom
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FDNY Capt. Al Hagen of The Uniformed Fire Officers Association and U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney joined civil rights leaders from Alabama to thank officers of the FDNY for going against the City of Birmingham and its Fire Department 50 years ago. The event took place at FDNY Engine Co. 21 located at 238 East 40th Street in Manhattan.


These Alabama civil rights leaders including, Janice Kelsey, Gwendolyn Gamble had fire hoses and attack dogs turned on them during a historic march when they were children. They were arrested and placed in jail. The FDNY stood up to social injustice and went against the City of Birmingham Fire Department by attacking and condemning them for their actions over 50 years ago. New York City's national Black Leadership Commission's C.Virgina Fields was also on hand.


On May 2, 1963 when much of the country was still segregated, hundreds of Birmingham childr…