IHS Author Series
June 16, 2015
Noon to 1 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, History Center
In 1985, the eyes of the world turned to the Hoosier State and the attempt by Ryan White, a 13-year-old Kokomo teenager, to do what seemed to be a simple task – join his fellow classmates at school. Ryan White, however, had been diagnosed with AIDS from contaminated blood-based products used to treat his hemophilia. His wish to return to school was met with close to hysteria by school officials and parents. White won the right to return to school, but with concessions. The family became the target of slurs, lies and vandalism. Although the White family received support from citizens and celebrities around the world, the situation grew so bad in Kokomo that they moved to Cicero, a community that greeted them with open arms.
Nelson Price is the author of several books and a former reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Indianapolis News and The Indianapolis Star.
Bring your own lunch or purchase food from our Stardust Terrace Café.