Curtis Cost, M.B.A., believes that vaccines represent one of the greatest threats to people around the world, especially to Africans and Latinos. Mr. Cost tries to bridge the information gap with information and activism to encourage vaccine research and informed consent. He is the author of Vaccines are Dangerous: A Warning to the Black Community. And, also the author of What is Safe Sex in the Age of AIDS? If You Only Knew What They Aren’t Telling You, for which he was nominated the best new author of the year by the National Black Achievement Awards. He is the first and still the only African-American to have written a book critical of vaccines. Mr. Cost has a BA from Vassar College as well as an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
As part of his 30 years of activism for black community issues, Mr. Cost has been interviewed on national and local television and radio programs including Tony Brown’s Journal, the Gary Byrd show, the Gary Null Show, Governor David Patterson on WLIB, night talk with Bob Law, Exploring Advantages with Dr. Betty Shabazz and the popular talk station WBAI. In addition, he has been interviewed by the Amsterdam News, New York Times, Village Voice, and other influential newspapers and magazines. Curtis is an active lecturer; speaking at colleges, community, and church groups. He has served as Vice President of the Scholar’s Committee of the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. In his work there, he organized community forums on topics such as vaccines, AIDS, parental rights, holistic health alternatives and participated in the organization’s important activist work.