Black AIDS Institute founder to get Spirit of Justice Award

July 17, 2016 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — The founder and president of the Black AIDS Institute will receive the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders’ 2016 Spirit of Justice Award.

Phill Wilson was an early voice on HIV in the black community. His activism began when he and his partner were diagnosed with HIV in the early 1980s. He became the AIDS coordinator for the city of Los Angeles.

Wilson has also been involved in national and international research efforts, coordinating the International Community Treatment and Science Workshop at five International AIDS Conferences.

Wilson will accept the award at the 17th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Oct. 28.

The Black AIDS Institute, based in Los Angeles, is the only national HIV and AIDS think tank focused exclusively on black people.