"In the background, the toll of the AIDS epidemic impacted the Black gay community and other vulnerable communities in the 80’s and early 90’s. Black gay men often flocked to a sacred space - the dancefloor - if only for a few hours. Safer than the sex they were often afraid to have, they could move, sweat, laugh, cry, relinquish, replenish and take a trip with the pulsating beat of the club as soundtrack." from Black Gay Men Of The AIDS Generation Invented Your Party
Sacred Ministry is a workshop that discusses how three Black gay DJ's emerged during the AIDS crisis, inspired a new genre of music, and helped a generation of men cope with the devastation of AIDS to a beat.
Sacred Ministry will discuss the history of House Music through three pioneers, and it’s connection to Black gay joy and early AIDS activism.
Participants should learn:
Black gay men’s connection to the creation of House music;
Learn about DJ’s Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan and Ron Hardy;
- Learn how early AIDS activism included DJs and nightclubs.