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Cultural Conversations at the Center
morris singletary
Thursday, February 6th, 6:30-8PM
African American Research Library & Cultural Center
Tickets (Free)

"LOVE AND POSITIVITY” My Personal Story Living, Winning, and THRIVING with HIV - a motivational talk with Morris Anthony Singletary. 
Singletary will share his personal story of living, winning and thriving with HIV. His motivational talk will be followed by an audience question and answer segment where questions can be submitted anonymously at the event. Singletary brings a message of hope and faith to those dealing with HIV, reassuring them of support in their own communities and in the sight of God.

Diagnosed with HIV in 2006, Singletary overcame illness and substance abuse to cofound of THRIVE (THRIVE: Targeted Highly-Effective Interventions to Reverse the HIV Epidemic) and become a peer educator and activist establishing the Pozitive 2 Positive Initiative.  His appearances are in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, dedicated to improving education, testing, and treatment of HIV/AIDS within Black communities.

Singletary will also give his workshop, “Stigma, Stigma, Stigma: A Discussion About Church, Community and Self” at 6PM on Friday, February 7th at Main Library.

This free series, "Cultural Conversations at the Center," takes place on the first Thursday of every month and features intellectually stimulating programs with thought and industry leaders, scholars, educators, filmmakers, artists and others whose work celebrates and illuminates known and unknown aspects of Black history and culture.

Upcoming events (first Thursday of the month): Past events:

  • December 5, 2019: Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Black Women's Participation in WWII - a discussion and screening of the documentary SixTripleEight. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, the African American women of the SixTripleEight served with honor and distinction. By war’s end, the SixTripleEight had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail, ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home.   

  • November 7, 2019: Dan Ringo discussed his new book, Airman to CEO: From the Boiler Room to the Boardroom, in which the well-respected Detroit executive shares his inspirational story of how the military took an aimless teenaged-father and set him on an upward trajectory to become the CEO of his own company. Veteran and Broward County Library Director Kelvin Watson sat down with Dan Ringo for a conversation about life after the military, creating successful career paths, and maintaining a commitment to a life of service.

  • October 3, 2019: Dr. Paul Ortiz discussed the topic of centering Black and Latinx contributions to American history. Dr. Ortiz is author of An African American and Latinx History of the United States. View full presentation (video)

  • September 9, 2019: Dr. Stefan Bradley author of Upending the Ivory Tower discussed Black student activism. View full presentation (video)

Sponsorship for the series is provided by the Friends of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. For additional information on the upcoming series, contact Makiba Foster at or 954-357-6176.