A Team Full of Vision, Compassion, and Leadership

It all started in September 2003, when two Portland Chapter of The Links, Incorporated members Linda J. Harris and Myrna-Yvonne Williams worked with Mardica Hicks, Executive VP of New Earth Management Corporation and Cascade AIDS in securing a Memorandum of Understanding to partner in sponsoring several community HIV/AIDS events. Along with other community organizations, the team planned and held the first symposium in 2004.

With the success of the symposium, The Links continued to meet bi-monthly with staff from Cascade AIDS, Self Enhancement, Inc, Multnomah County, Oregon Department of Human Services HIV Program, and Brother to Brother in planning subsequent HIV symposiums.

The African-American AIDS Awareness Action Alliance has evolved into a collaborative group working with other community agencies, churches, and nonprofits.

A6’s annual events are World AIDS Day, the Balm of Gilead Week of Prayer for Healing, National HIV Testing Day, Good in the Hood, and the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Health Fair.


The African-American AIDS Awareness Action Alliance works year-round to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in the African American community and the larger community by directly involving community members in the planning and implementation of events that promote HIV/AIDS/STD and mental health awareness in dynamic ways.


To eradicate HIV/AIDS in our communities, reduce the stigma associated with the disease and have congregations and other members of the community embrace those affected and impacted by HIV/AIDS.


  • To increase awareness about HIV/AIDS/STDs, HEPc, and mental health in the African American community
  • To educate and empower the African American community to end HIV/AIDS
  • To work collaboratively with community-based organizations, health agencies, and the faith-based community in planning annual activities that promote the mission and vision of A6
  • To support and embrace those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS


Yvonne Williams A6 Team Member

Yvonne Williams


Stay happy, healthy, and whole.

Linda Harris A6 Team Member

Linda J. Harris


Know your status — A baseline to live your life.

Ronnie Myers A6 Team Member

Ronnie Myers


By standing together, we make a difference.

Larry Hill A6 Team Member

Larry Hill


…our work continues in standing up for equity and inclusion…

Amelia Harati A6 Team Member

Amelia Harati


Affirming the inherent worth of every person.

Mariotta Gary-Smith A6 Team Member

Mariotta Gary-Smith


Everyone deserves to have their full personhood seen, heard, and cared for.

We have the resources and passion to help you live a full life.


Longevity and lessons learned have brought us to this place. For more than 30 years, there has been fear, ignorance, stigma, loss, and scientific advances associated with HIV and AIDS. The African American AIDS  Awareness Action Alliance is asking people in the community to join our efforts in reaching out to those who don’t know their status and do not know that they are at risk.

Where there is ignorance let reason prevail, where there is stigma let open-minds consider, where there is fear let courage win, where there is disregard let there be compassion. Please work with your spheres of influence as your voices are needed to help amplify our message to end HIV.


Be Empowered. Be Well.

Fighting HIV/AIDS through involving the Portland, OR community in planning, coordinating, and implementing HIV/AIDS/STDs, and mental health prevention programs in dynamic ways to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in the African American community.