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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
personal cell (205)572-1359

Exhibit on blood pioneer Dr. Charles Drew to begin Oct. 20 at the Central Library  

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Birmingham Public Library’s downtown location is hosting an exhibit paying tribute to blood pioneer Dr. Charles Drew beginning Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.  

The exhibit, “Blood Divided: The Story of Dr. Charles R. Drew,”  will be open from Friday, Oct. 20 through Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 on the first floor and 4th Floor Gallery of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203.  One side of the exhibit will highlight the life and accomplishments of Dr. Charles R. Drew, the blood banking pioneer who could not donate blood because he was African American. The other side is a timeline of blood science and stigma throughout history and today.

“Blood Divided” is part of One In Our Blood, a comprehensive, city-wide program of events and exhibitions conceived and coordinated by Birmingham curator Paul Barrett, building on the work of Blood Equality. Blood Equality was launched in 2015 in partnership with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, FCB Health, and artist Jordan Eagles’ Blood Mirror project to address discrimination against prospective LGBTQ blood donors and allow everyone an equal opportunity to donate blood.

"We're very proud to partner with GMHC and Jordan Eagles as we further our commitment to highlighting issues of blood equality through our work," said Rich Levy, Chief Creative Officer, FCB Health, the New York agency handling the campaign. "True to our Never Finished principle, this creative partnership lends us an important opportunity to challenge the discrimination based on outdated stigmas around blood donation by building equity for donors, influencing long-term behavior and leaving behind a positive impact."

See a link to the BPL Dr. Charles Drew exhibit here:
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Events remaining in the “One Blood: Blood Divided” campaign are listed below: 
Blood Mirror by Jordan Eagles
September 22 – December 9, 2017
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Blood Equality
Works by Jordan Eagles
Campaign by Blood Equality
Films by Leo Herrera
September 22 – December 9, 2017, opening reception September 22, 2017
Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
Blood Equality Medical Advisory Board Meeting
October 19, 2017
UAB Center for AIDS Research
Blood Divided: The Story of Dr. Charles R. Drew
October 20 – December 1, 2017
Birmingham Public Library
Roberta Kaplan in conversation with Joshua Matz
November 30th, 2017
Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
Presented by the UAB Institute for Human Rights
World AIDS Day Events
December 1, 2017
Multiple locations
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