Reverend Anthony Hollins, 1965-2007 Pastor also an AIDS activist, choreographer.
"He was a tireless worker," said Iva Carruthers, who heads the Samuel D. Proctor Conference, a group that works with 5,000 ministers throughout the country. "He believed he was called to do his work."
Mr. Hollins, senior project manager for the Proctor Conference, was Carruthers' top aide, organizing such events as public hearings on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
But his work didn't end there. Rev. Hollins also was an AIDS activist, dance choreographer and minister....
During the 1980s he performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He also performed with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. He served as personal assistant to the executive producer of the "Judge Mathis" show and co-produced the television shows "Time for Healing" and "House on Fire....
Mr. Hollins formed his own dance troupe for youth, The New Life Performance Company, and taught dance at Trinity United Church of Christ and St. Sabina Catholic Church."
I never met Rev. Hollins, but I do remember reading about him in Chicago Community papers and hearing about him from friends in the African-American community. The courage for a Black man to work in the area of AIDS awareness, on the Southside of Chicago, and who was HIV+ is monumental. The Black Community is normally in complete denial of a problem even existing. He was marvelous. He will be sorely missed.
In the article there was a sentence that, as they say, took the wind out of my sails.
Mr. Hollins was to be the recipient of the "Hope and Spirit Award" at the Gospel Shoutout for the 2007 World AIDS Day of Prayer, sponsored by Walgreens and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.
Tomorrow, December 1st.
His is one death in many, I know. When 6,000 children each day loose a parent to AIDS, the problem is global. He was one of the people taking action trying to help at least one of these children. His job was important and he took on the challenge. Not only will he be missed, there will be a large hole in the community and the universe.
John F. Kennedy wrote a book called Profiles in Courage. If the book was written today, Anthony Hollins' would be one of the chapters.
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