Reggie Williams
Cincinnati, April 29, 1951 - Amsterdam, February 7, 1999

Black Gay AIDS Activist

Co-Founder and Executive Director (1988-1994)

of the

National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (NTFAP)

April 29, 2021

We celebrated Reggie 70!

On the new website you'll find the link to the recorded Zoom Event!

Please join the Facebook group

                              #REGGIE70 CONNECTION

A new FB group as a connection point, to make plans to CELEBRATE and PERPETUATE the SPIRIT of REGGIE WILLIAMS

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To Make the Wounded Whole

The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS

By Dan Royles

(...) Despite the lack of media attention to AIDS in Black communities, by the middle 1980s a small but growing number of African Americans knew firsthand that AIDS was not just a white gay disease. African American medical professionals such as Rashidah Hassan, a nurse and infectious disease control specialist in Philadelphia, or Pernessa Seele, an immunologist at Harlem Hospital, had seen Black people with AIDS come through their hospital doors who did not fit media stereotypes. The members of Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) lost the group’s founder, Charles Angel, to AIDS in 1986. Reggie Williams, the African American executive director of the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (NTFAP), received his own diagnosis of AIDS-related complex in 1986 as well. (...)

Remember the Helpers: Reggie Williams

In honor of June’s pride month celebrations and the recent Black Lives Matter protests, we are honoring the life of a black, gay, AIDS activist, Reggie Williams.
El Wilson
JULY 27, 2020

Finally: Reggie's name has been engraved at the AIDS Memorial Grove at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco! 


From the photo album Reggie
Reggie Williams at Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, 1996.

Commemorating Reggie Williams

Editorial by Phill Wilson (2011)
This week, I'm thinking about my friend Reggie Williams, who passed away 12 years ago on the date that now marks Black AIDS Awareness Day > ...
Phill Wilson and Reggie Williams, 1997

More on the page > Remembering Reggie


The Black AIDS Institute is a national "think tank" focused on addressing HIV/AIDS among African Americans and those of African descent through policy, advocacy, communications, training, and model program development.

No matter how you look at it, Black people bear the brunt of the AIDS epidemic in America today: 

  • Nearly 50% of the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV are Black.

  • AIDS is the leading cause of death for Black Women aged 24-34.
  • 70% of the new HIV/AIDS cases among adolescents in the US are Black.

Test One Million from Greater Than.

The Test One Million (T1M) movement is a call-to action for one million Black Americans to get tested for HIV by 2010.  
> PDF Feb. 11, 2009 Press Release
15 Cincinnati Organizations join forces to end the AIDS epidemic in Black America
> PDF Test 1 Million Ohio/Kentucky Campaign Partners

Greater Than AIDSSM, a new national movement seeks to inspire hope and promote the possibility of change in the AIDS epidemic facing Black America through the united actions of individuals, families and communities. The campaign promotes individual action to prevent and reduce the spread of HIV, beginning with knowing one’s HIV status.


Reggie Williams Exhibit

- a loving tribute to Reggie -

Los Angeles 2001

San Francisco 2002/2003

Cincinnati 2010

“Our mission is to share the legacy of Reggie Williams as a role model in the struggle against the AIDS epidemic, to create more understanding for the life of people with HIV/AIDS and to inspire, empower and motivate people in the ongoing fight against AIDS.”

Curators Wolfgang Schreiber and Julie Potratz

“Displays that honor the lives and works of people with HIV/AIDS are much needed and crucial to continuing a united front against the disease.” 
Phill WilsonDirector of The Black AIDS Institute, Los Angeles.

Watch "Yours in the Struggle, Reggie"

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Questions, comments, or if you are interested in a display of the Reggie Williams Exhibit or If you'd like to support the project

please contact curator Wolfgang Schreiber

Wolfgang Schreiber,
Mar 30, 2010, 12:25 PM