Pharmacist Jeremy Zellers (standing), and medical assistant Chanonna Callahan, review records at the Blair Underwood Healthcare Center in Northwest. Photo by Victor Holt
Although there was no Red Carpet, paparazzi or stylist on hand, a Hollywood celebrity visited the Districtâ€™s powerful K Street corridor in Northwest earlier this fall to bring attention to a scourge that threatens to overtake the city.
Blair Underwood, an ardent AIDS activist and award-winning actor showed up Thu., Sept. 24 to officially open the AHF Blair Underwood Healthcare Center at 2141 K Street during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The free HIV/AIDS clinic is located near the George Washington University Hospital in the event that patients require hospital care.
â€œIt is not about having your name on a building â€“ itâ€™s very flattering and I am truly honored â€“ but it is about the work that needs to be done,â€ Underwood told WTOP Radio during the Grand Opening ceremony.
Underwood, known for his roles in the NBC hit TV show, L.A Law and other critically acclaimed films, has promoted HIV/ AIDS awareness since he traveled to South Africa, a country ravaged by the disease, years ago. Underwood has been featured in several AHF campaigns, most notably AHFâ€™s â€œMan Upâ€ media campaign which encourages men to be tested.