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Emmy Winner, AIDS Activist to Speak at NKU


Northern Kentucky University will host An Evening with Emmy Award-Winning AIDS Activist Rae Lewis-Thornton on Monday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. in the University Center Otto Budig Theater.

Lewis-Thornton rose to national acclaim when she told her story of living with AIDS in a cover story for Essence magazine and has been living with HIV for 28 years and AIDS for 20. In the last 18 years Lewis-Thornton has traveled worldwide in an unending crusade challenging stereotypes and myths around HIV/AIDS. 

In addition to the December 1994 cover story for Essence, she has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine; Glamour; Woman’s Day;Ebony; Jet; Emerge; WOW; Heart and Soul; Poz; Lifelines and HIV Plus magazines. She has also been featured in newspapers across the country. 

Lewis-Thornton is a dynamic woman who is undeniably honest, inspiring and motivating to all who hear her speak. She uses social media as a daily platform to educate both on HIV/AIDS generally and on her personal struggle of living and managing HIV/AIDS.

The event is sponsored by the NKU Office of African American Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office, University Police and University Housing. If you have questions, contact the Office of African American Student Affairs at (859) 572-6684 or [email protected].