Arthur Ashe, beloved tennis champion and outspoken AIDS awareness activist, passed away on February 6, 1993. That very day, he was slated to participate in The Connecticut Forum’s 2nd ever Forum event, “Straight Talk and Honest Answers About AIDS.” Arthur could not participate in the Forum due to new medical treatments he was undergoing, so two days prior to the Forum, he mailed a videotape with a message to the Forum audience. His message, featured in this videoclip and shown to the audience that night, was a practical and poignant call for compassion and understanding. It would be his last public message – Arthur Ashe died just hours before the event, and his death was not made public until the event was underway.
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