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Miami Dade College Homestead Campus Welcomes Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph to Speak on World AIDS Day Nov. 25

Homestead World AIDS Day

Acclaimed Actress Sherry Lee Ralph

Miami, November 18, 2013 - Acclaimed veteran actress Sheryl Lee Ralph will help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS as the guest speaker at the Miami Dade College (MDC) Homestead Campus’ World AIDS Day event on Monday, November 25, where she will speak to attendees about her passion to combat HIV/AIDS through knowledge and prevention.

Most recently known for her role in the Nickelodeon TV sitcom, Instant Mom, and the TVone reality show R&B Divas, Ralph’s extensive history in the arts includes film, television, and Broadway. She is widely known for her breakthrough role as the main character, Deena Jones, in the legendary Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, and a starring role in the former UPN sitcom, Moesha.

In 1990, Ralph created the DIVA Foundation, a national not-for-profit charitable organization as a memorial to the many friends she lost to HIV/AIDS. The organization focuses on generating resources and coordinating activities to create awareness and fight HIV/AIDS. For the past 23 years, Ralph has staged DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING!, a benefit concert to continue the battle against HIV/AIDS.

“The commemoration of World AIDS Day is a time for our students to stand with people worldwide in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Jeanne Jacobs, Homestead Campus president. “We are honored to have Sheryl Lee Ralph at the Homestead Campus, using her voice to encourage compassion for our fellow man.”

The event is free and open to the public.  

MDC Homestead Campus Commemorates World AIDS Day with Sheryl Lee Ralph

  • WHEN: Monday, Nov. 25, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  • WHERE: MDC Homestead Campus (Room F222)
  • COST: Free

Other Homestead Campus World AIDS Day activities on Nov. 25 will include a blood drive from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Café Patio, HIV Testing (Sponsored by Sembrando Flores Compassionate Care Ministries) from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Student Life Patio, and the Bandana Project from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., also at the Student Life Patio, where students will decorate white bandanas to raise awareness of violence against women. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Nicole Bryant at 305-237-5223.

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