The AIDS Healthcare Foundation will kick off its “AIDS is a Civil Rights issue” tour, headlined by Al Sharpton, on Friday, February 28th at Greater King David Baptist Church. Al Sharpton believes AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue because historically the south did not have equal access to resources such as healthcare. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the highest concentration of new HIV/AIDS cases are found in the south among the black population and the disease’s progression, in Baton Rouge, is the highest in the region. Sharpton and the group want to raise awareness about the epidemic’s effect on the Black population. The tour’s goal is to encourage organizations and community leaders to take action in preventing new cases of STD’s and HIV infection. The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6pm and Greater King David Baptist Church is located at 222 Blount Avenue.