It’s hard to believe that Nov. 7 marks the 20th anniversary when Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive and retired from the NBA.
The ESPN/ABC analyst and accomplished businessman will commemorate the anniversary of that life-altering day by leading a national day of HIV awareness on Monday called “Point Forward Day.”
“It’s a great day because it will be 20 years,” Johnson told FishbowlLA. “We have really helped a lot of people out in terms of raising a lot of funds, raising awareness and making sure that if young people can’t pay for their drugs, we have six HIV and AIDS clinics that they can get them for free.”
The Magic Johnson Foundation will partner with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to hold free HIV testing events in 17 cities across the country. In nine of those cities (including locally in Carson), community events will be held at the Magic Johnson Foundation’s Community Empowerment Centers with an emphasis on literacy and technology upgrades.
After the jump is the press conference from Nov. 7, 1991: