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Interviews were conducted with 28 respondents, which include AIDS activists (n=8), AIDS ministry and church leaders from seven New York City area churches (n=12), and Balm in Gilead employees (n=8).
Data analysis consisted of an examination of the various themes pertaining to the organizational development of The Balm in Gilead and the strategies it employed to promote AIDS awareness within Black churches.
Research findings suggest that in order to encourage an immediate response against the AIDS epidemic within its community, The Balm in Gilead created a health social movement targeting the Black Church by framing AIDS as a social problem.
Before founding The Balm in Gilead, Pernessa Seele, now a middle-aged Black woman who is originally from South Carolina, worked as an immunologist at Harlem Hospital in a predominantly Black community in the early 1980s.
The Creation of The Balm in Gilead and the Moral Panic
As a result of so many requests for aid from Black churches, Seele organized The Balm in Gilead in 1993.
With the founding of The Balm in Gilead, Seele officially shifted the focus from simply AIDS awareness, prayer, and tolerance to AIDS education.
Jack Geiger mistakenly described Balm in Gilead as "full of interior pain, denial and rage repressed so deeply that it is never felt." He does not believe Lawrence's assertion that, as a child growing up in a protective family in the segregated South, she did not feel the daily assaults of racial exclusion.
Now nearly four decades old, "Balm in Gilead" might have seemed stale had Newman not updated its language and topical references, and infused it with contemporary music and dance.
He wrote about what he saw, and "Balm in Gilead" drew rave notices from the critics.
During the process, Newman came across "Balm in Gilead," which struck him as "unlike any play I had ever read."
Rehearsing "Balm in Gilead": (seated, from left) Matt Vaughn, Drew Tydeman, Julianna Zarzycki; (back, from left) Adam Goldthwaite, Bruce McArthur (in drag), Brandon Jones, Lisa Moes.