J.” As a woman who came from one of the worst slums in this country at the time of her childhood, Dennis and her immediate family relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As a result of facing the disparities of her childhood Dennis was always concerned with survival which motivated her to explore entrepreneurship.
After 20 years of operating the first Black-owned Beauty School in Lauderdale Lakes, Bessie decided to close her doors and pursue becoming an HIV/AIDS advocate by speaking out about her own personal experience of becoming HIV infected.
From being a voice for the voiceless to pounding the pavement to get people back into care; from social media blogs to creating a specialty license plate for HIV awareness; from providing support to penning poetry, the awardees re-fuse to give up!
Bessie Dennis Bessie Dennis is “straight outta Newark, N.
I am proud of her and how she is willing to use her time to speak to youths and others about AIDS,” stated Publisher Emeritus of the Westside Gazette, Levi Henry, Jr.She believes that, “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”.Bob Hyde At 72 years of age, Bob Hyde has been in the fight against HIV/AIDS since 1983, providing a hospice in Los Angeles for AIDS victims.By Yolonda Reed On Thursday, April 28, 2016, – 9 p.m., The Westside Gazette, in partnership with World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, presents, “Saving Grace”, a new, multimedia exhibit confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our community. A donation of five dollars is requested to support the Old Dillard Museum.
Sponsored by Vitas Healthcare, five unsung heroes will be honored for their fight in the war on the pandemic that has spread through our community like a wild fire out of control. This is the first of several events the Westside Gazette will hold in honor of the newspaper’s 45th anniversary this year.
The honorees – Bessie Dennis, Patricia Fleurinord, Angela “Myammee” Pitts, Bob Hyde, and Melvin Wright – have dedicated their time, energy and passion into educating, advocating, teaching and reaching others with powerful messages on treatment, prevention, and all things HIV/AIDS.