Archbishop Carl Bean, founder of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, passed away after a long illness on September 7, 2021, at the age of 77. Archbishop Bean established the Minority AIDS Project in Los Angeles in the 1980s and was a gospel singer and Motown recording artist, known widely for “I Was Born This Way.” Also one of the founding members of NMAC, formerly known as the National Minority AIDS Council, Archbishop Bean was well respected and revered within the HIV community.
“Carl was thoughtful, forward thinking, committed, and a motivated leader who worked to ensure diverse communities understood the importance of their role in the response to HIV. He will be greatly missed,” said Miguel Gomez, Director of HIV.gov.
Read the blog in tribute to Archbishop Bean by NMAC’s Executive Director, Paul Kawata here.