An AIDS Candlelight March
An AIDS Candlelight March

1983

Poster (illustrated by David Emfinger)

26 x 19 inches

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The first AIDS Candlelight Memorial March took place on May 2, 1983, simultaneously winding its way through the gritty streets of Greenwich Village in NYC and the Castro District in San Francisco. The march was the brainchild of the West Coast co-signatories to the historic patient self-empowerment manifesto, The Denver Principles, and included Bobbi Campbell (a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) along with Bobby Reynolds, Dan Turner, and Mark Feldman. They were joined by their East Coast counterparts, PWA Newsline co-founders Richard Berkowitz and Michael Callen, along with other fellow NYC AIDS activists.

For the event, artist David Emfinger illustrated the poster, which bore the slogan that adorned their defiant banner: FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES.

G.E.

Work by David Emfinger