SSU to Observe World AIDS Day

Savannah State University will observe “World AIDS Day” featuring performances by Macon rapper Todd “Sixx Nine” Williams, HIV/AIDS testing and a candlelight vigil on December 1. The shows will start at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the King- Frazier Student Center, with the vigil following the evening performance at SSU’s Alexis Circle. HIV testing will be conducted by the Chatham County Health Department, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in the Harris- McDew Student Health Center. All events are free and open to the public.

Hip-hop artist Sixx Nine suffered through the death of his mother, who was killed when he was a toddler, and was adopted at age six. Raised in public housing in Macon, Ga., he later turned to a gang for self-preservation from being harassed. After serving his country in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Georgia College (now Georgia College and State University) with a degree in biology. Now, Sixx Nine is a successful recording artist who draws inspiration from his childhood. One of his goals is to positively influence the young by using his life as an example through hip hop. Having performed with Run DMC, Lil’ Wayne and Young Jeezy, Sixx Nine’s popular songs tell of self respect, belief, encouragement and alternatives to joining a gang or pursuing a life of crime. Sixx Nine released a new album October 31, “Last of a Dying Breed,” and now works as director of the lab at Urology Specialists in Macon.

SSU’s celebration of World Aids Day is made possible through the “Get In the Know” HIV/AIDS/Substance Abuse and Hepatitis Awareness program. The project was started at Savannah State University in 2005 with Johnnie Dumas Myers, Ph.D., as writer of the proposal and principal investigator. The grant is funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, an agency of the United States Health and Human Services Department, and is administered by McFarland and Associates of Washington, D.C.

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