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The Life and Legacy of Kiyoshi Kuromiya
Wed, June 16, 2021 7:00 P.M.
Kiyoshi Kuromiya (1943-2000) was an icon in the struggles for civil rights and queer liberation in Philadelphia and beyond. In celebration of Pride Month, Kingsessing Library will host a virtual discussion between his long-time friend David Acosta and Abdul-Aliy Muhammad. Register for this event here.
Born in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, Kiyoshi Kuromiya was involved in activism from his teenage years on, as a personal assistant to Martin Luther King Jr, as a co-founder of the Gay Liberation Front Philadelphia, and as an openly gay delegate to the Black Panther Convention at Temple University that endorsed the gay liberation struggle. In the '80s and '90s he was deeply involved with ACT UP Philadelphia and many other groups advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS. He founded and edited the Critical Path newsletter, a comprehensive resource on HIV/AIDS research and treatment, written to be accessible to non-specialists.
David Acosta is a poet, writer and curator. A long-time activist for social and economic justice, he has been involved in HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ activism as well as in Latinx and indigenous movements for social change. He was the founder and Executive Director of the GALAEI Project in Philadelphia, and worked in public health administration at the AIDS Activities Coordinating office. He has curated numerous art exhibitions, and is currently directing Letters to my Father/Letters to my Son: Evolutions.
Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad is a co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Co-op. In their work, they often problematize medical surveillance, discuss the importance of bodily autonomy, and center Blackness. They identify as queer and non-binary and grew up in West Philadelphia.
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1201 South 51st Street (5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues)
Philadelphia, PA 19143-4353