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Cedric Sturdevant
Cedric Sturdevant has been working in the field of HIV prevention for ten years. He started as a volunteer with Magnolia Medical Clinic (MMC) in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 2006 where he participated in health fairs and health summits to assist in pre and post counseling for rapid HIV testing.
Cedric is an advocate for HIV, working with and training HIV-positive people to be an advocate for themselves and others through a program called AIDSWatch Mississippi and co-founder of Mississippi Positive Network [MSPN]. Cedric is also the organizational co-chair for Black Treatment Advocates Network [BTAN] Mississippi.
For eight and half years, Cedric worked as a Project Coordinator at My Brother's Keeper, Inc., a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 dedicated to the reduction of health disparities throughout Mississippi by enhancing the health and well-being of minority and marginalized populations. During his time at My Brother's Keeper, locally referred to as MBK, Cedric has had the opportunity to share with others the importance of HIV prevention, education, and awareness.
Presently, Cedric works with the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation under CARE4ME Services/The SPOT programs, as Program Manager of The SPOT. The SPOT (Safe Place Over Time) is dedicated to providing services and opportunities to young men that focus on wellness, empowerment, and leadership. Over Time, The SPOT will become a Safe Place for young men to openly discuss issues and challenges to improve their quality of life and to promote the concept of self-worth.
In addition to working with Community Base Organizations, Cedric has been featured in a several documentaries such as "Deepsouth" which focuses on the plight of individuals living with HIV in the Deep South, Mississippi Public Broadcast Network's Southern Remedy: HIV in Mississippi, The Silent HIV Crisis Sweeping the American South by Vice Media's TONIC and The New York Times Magazine's "America's Hidden HIV Epidemic" by Linda Villarosa. Cedric has also been featured in various public service campaigns spreading knowledge and awareness of HIV. Cedric embodies and takes to heart his personal philosophy, the quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about the things that matter."