"I Couldn’t Just Sit Back and Do Nothing” Jerry Carden Oral History Part 1

Dublin Core

Title

"I Couldn’t Just Sit Back and Do Nothing” Jerry Carden Oral History Part 1

Subject

AIDS awareness
AIDS activism
AIDS education
Activism (LGBTQ)

Description

Part 1 of 3 of the interview with Jerry Carden, founding chair of the Gay Community AIDS Project (GCAP, now known as the Greater Community AIDS Project) speaking about his experience with AIDS activism in the Champaign-Urbana community during the 80s and 90s, providing further context to the many artifacts he brought in for digitization at the University of Illinois History Harvest.

Creator

GraceAnne Roach

Source

Jerry Carden
History Harvest 2019

Date

2019-03-06

Contributor

GraceAnne Roach

Rights

In Copyright

Format

.mp4

Language

English

Type

Moving Image

Coverage

Champaign, Illinois
Urbana , Illinois
1970s
1980s
1990s

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Original Format

.mp4

Duration

00:42:43

Interviewer

GraceAnne Roach

Interviewee

Jerry Carden

Location

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Main Library

Time Summary

00:00:01-00:03:54 Introduction

Jerry introduces himself and the reason behind his interest in documenting the history of GCAP through the History Harvest Project.
00:03:56- 00:07:02 Jerry Moves to Champaign-Urbana

Jerry details the reasons behind his move from Missouri, where he attended college, to Champaign-Urbana in 1978.
00:07:02-00:13:07 Queer Scene in Champaign-Urbana, Late 70s/Early 80s

Jerry talks about where gay men in his circle would hang out and meet in the late 70s and early 80s before his sobriety.
00:13:07-00:17:39 AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Community

Jerry speaks about his decision to get sober and connecting with the AA Community and forming an AA meeting for queer people at McKinley Presbyterian
00:17:40- 00:24:03 Learning About AIDS

Jerry reflects on the fearful atmosphere in the Champaign-Urbana gay community as members started to learn more about the national AIDS crisis.
00:24:03-00:34:15 First Cases in Champaign-Urbana

Jerry remembers some of the first cases of AIDS that popped up in the local gay community and how they prompted him and other community members to take action.
00:36:28-00:42:43

GCAP Early Education & Outreach: Jerry speaks about some of the initial outreach that the Speakers Bureau portion of GCAP did to educate the community with the latest information on AIDS.

Citation

GraceAnne Roach, “"I Couldn’t Just Sit Back and Do Nothing” Jerry Carden Oral History Part 1,” Omeka, accessed October 3, 2022, https://historyharvest.web.illinois.edu/omeka/items/show/104.

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