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AIDS quilt founder brings message to UNCW

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- AIDS activist Cleve Jones, creator of the Aids Memorial Quilt, will share his story at UNCW.

Jones began the quilt in 1987 as a tribute to those who lost their lives to the disease. What began as a single patch now contains more than 46,000 and weighs about 54 tons. Each patch is a message from loved ones to those who died from AIDS.

Organizers of tonight's event hope the message will show people the difference one person can make just by taking one small step.

"Our hope is really to convey to students that if you put your mind to something and you believe in it, keep with it. Be an activist, and you can change the world," said Alexis Ehrlich, Vice President of Marketing for UNCW's Association of Campus Entertainment.

Jones will be at UNCW's Burney Center at 7 p.m. for the lecture titled "You ave the power to make a difference."

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AIDS Memorial Quilt

Here is a documentary on the Quilt the last time it was displayed in full on the National Mall on October 12, 1996.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQHX3wA4Fqw

Tacky

The AIDS quilt is tacky, just as the pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness are tacky. I would never wear a pink ribbon--I'm sick of these ribbons that attempt to prettify cancer.

I abhor the sentimentalizing of disease, and the AIDS quilt is nothing but maudlin sentimentality.