Dallas Cowboys' tight end Martellus Bennett will take part in and speak at a Dallas World AIDS Day event on Thursday.
Bennett will be featured in the hour-long event along with local restauranteur and community leader Monica Greene and Anthony Chisom, founder of the Anthony Chisom AIDS Foundation.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas City Councilmember Angela Hunt will be on hand to present proclamations from the county and city, respectively.
According to organizers, "The evening will open with an invocation by Cantor Don Kroll from Temple Shalom, and close with words from Pastor Doris G. Deckard, founder of the Church of the Solid Rock. The Women's Chorus of Dallas and the African drum ensemble from Booker T. Washington High School will provide music for the evening."
The theme of World AIDS Day is "getting to zero" -- zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths. Supporters hope the day will "elevate the public's knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS, and confront the stigma surrounding the disease."
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Main Street Garden at 1900 Main Street in downtown.