April 29, 1999 - Celebrating Reggie's Life!
Quotes by different guests at the event in San Francisco, CA, on April 29, 1999, the day he would have turned 48.
The event was organized by Al Cunningham.
Time 7:07 min.
Reggie Williams talks about the "Yours in the Struggle Project" in an interview by Al Cunningham:
The struggle with racism, homophobia. HIV prevention.
December 1998. Visit at San Francisco AIDS Office. Presentation of their client registration system REGGIE, dedicated to Reggie Williams.
Filmed by W. Schreiber. Time 2:08
2021. Strange Fruit: Jerry Haimé, filmed by Anne Krul
Preparing together for REGGIE70. Jerry Haimé reads CORDON NEGRO, a poem written by ESSEX HEMPHILL. Talks about REGGIE WILLIAMS and his legacies. Recording by krul.
“When I met Reggie I was struggling with my HIV-status. Actually I was saying farewell to life. I was in a grieving process, was waiting for horrible things to happen. Reggie showed me – also the HIV Vereniging – Yes you can live with HIV, you are not gonna die instantly, horrible things do not need to happen. Inspired by Reggie, I got a new sense of pride, so to speak, around homosexuality, black men, gay black men living with HIV.
This is also how I have been identifying myself since then. It was a growing process, not a sudden event. Over the years I have learned a lot from Reggie, after first being silent about my sero-status to anybody. To this day Reggie is my source of inspiration. I have been liberated as black gay man living with HIV, so yes absolutely he has inspired me. He brought us a new focus, record and document your own experiences, concerns and obstacles. Up till then documenting and archiving was dependent on the white 'outside world'. Reggie convinced us about the importance of do-it-yourselves, take matters in our own hands as BPOC LGBTIQA peoples. And yes, today we reap the fruits.
Reggie Williams has introduced me to works of Essex Hemphill and Marlon Riggs.These poems have a lot of meaning for me – and prose poetry storytelling – and films made by Marlon Riggs. Nowadays I watch and enjoy all of them, for me they are still of great importance. I share these works with others, for empowerment. Let us read!“