Mission & History
Founded in 1987, The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) is the oldest non-profit organization of its kind in the United States. Our mission is to educate, mobilize, and empower black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. Working with a broad spectrum of community leaders, including clergy, public officials, medical practitioners, and those in business, civic, social policy, and the media, NBLCA achieves its mission through capacity-building training; technical assistance; education; policy and advocacy; screening, testing, and referrals; research and evaluation; resource development; and leadership development.
In 2009, NBLCA spearheaded The National Black Clergy for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS Act , a comprehensive proposal for fighting HIV/AIDS in the black community, which emerged from a gathering of leaders from across the country, convened by NBLCA in 2007. The proposal was developed by clergy leaders, the National Medical Association, the National Caucus of Black State Legislators, the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust, the National Conference of Black Mayors, and the World Conference of Mayors. It was introduced as legislation in 2009 as H.R. 1964 by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and in 2010 as S. 3011 by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
NBLCA has established affiliates in cities throughout the United States where African American communities are hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including New York City, Nassau County (LI, NY), Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.
NBLCA’s work is financially supported by contributions and grants from a range of sources: philanthropic foundations, corporations, government, individual donors, and proceeds from special fund-raising activities, including its signature event, the Choose Life Awards Benefit Reception. These funds are allocated across the nation to support the organization’s volunteer efforts.