USCA Invites Registered Participants to “An Evening with Nancy Wilson: Celebrating the National Minority AIDS Council’s 20 Years of Service”



Circe Gray Le Compte, Director of Communications
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USCA Invites Registered Participants to “An Evening with Nancy Wilson: Celebrating the National Minority AIDS Council’s 20 Years of Service”

September 18, 2007—Washington, DC—The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) announced today that jazz legend Nancy Wilson, the agency’s newest Board Member and Honorary Spokesperson, will help kick off the 2007 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) on Wednesday, November 7 with a special event entitled, An Evening with Nancy Wilson: Celebrating NMAC’s 20 Years of Service.

In addition to commemorating its two decades of HIV/AIDS work, NMAC will pay tribute to those leaders and community- and faith-based organizations fighting HIV/AIDS on the
frontlines of the epidemic. Longtime NMAC members, as well as those who have provided critical financial support to the agency over the years, also will be honored. This private affair will be free of charge but is only open to registered attendees of USCA.

“AIDS has given us little to celebrate,” says Paul A. Kawata, NMAC’s Executive Director. “With this event, we hope to honor heroes past and present, as well as help reenergize and inspire attendees to recommit themselves to the work necessary in ending this epidemic.”

About Nancy Wilson: Artist and Activist

Nancy Wilson is a highly regarded recording artist, with a musical style so diverse that it is hard to classify. Over the years her repertoire has included pop, jazz and blues ballads, as well as show tunes and well-known standards. Critics have described her as “a storyteller,” “a professor emeritus of body language,” “a consummate actress,” and “the complete entertainer.”

A notable actress, Wilson’s credits include recurring roles on The Cosby Show and The Flip Wilson Show. She made history in 1966 as the first African-American woman to headline her own television program, The Nancy Wilson Show. She has been dedicated to raising AIDS awareness in African-American communities since the epidemic began.

About USCA
The 2007 USCA, set for November 7-10, in Palm Springs, CA, will address the theme, One Family, One Voice, One Spirit, and is expected to bring together over 3,500 HIV/AIDS professionals. Since 1997, USCA, the largest annual HIV/AIDS meeting in the United States, has strengthened the domestic community-based response to HIV/AIDS by bringing together professionals from across the country to learn new skills and build partnerships and collaborations.

The conference’s extensive selection of over 200 institutes, seminars, workshops and roundtables sessions addressing every aspect of the AIDS epidemic – from nutrition and treatment to prevention and international issues – enables participants to customize their training and networking experiences according to their unique professional needs.

To learn more about USCA, visit:; call: (202) 483-6622; or e-mail:

About NMAC

The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) was founded in 1987 to develop leadership within communities of color to address challenges of HIV/AIDS. NMAC has responded to the needs of communities of color by developing programs enhancing the skills necessary to confront this health crisis, including a public policy education program; national and regional training conferences; treatment and research programs and trainings; numerous publications and a website: The agency also serves an association of AIDS service organizations, F/CBOs, hospitals, clinics, health departments and other groups assisting people and families living with and affected by the AIDS epidemic. NMAC’s advocacy efforts are funded through private funders and donors only.