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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.


Create, contribute, share and come together to listen to the experience of Black America

Journal Project in Collaboration with Fredericksburg High School
History in the Making.  The Black America Covid Project, HSGE Gutman Library and Fredericksburg School District have committed to archiving journals on schooling as part of a collection of educators, parents, and student voice from the double pandemic. Learning to tell one’s story through writing as a daily exercise is not only an academic skill, it is a practice that builds community and fosters self-care. During the journal writing workshop, we’ll also offer a hands-on craft session. Harvard Gutman Librarians from Special Collections and Preservation Services will show you how to sew your own journal from a list of common supplies; as well as supply writing prompts and tips to craft a journal entry. We encourage participants to personalize their journals on the inside and out!  We look forward to including the voices of Fredericksburg in Harvard's Gutman Library's Special Collections.

JustFLIX in Collaboration with Fredericksburg High School
JustFLIX Project is a Social Justice Storytelling Platform designed to engage Young Adults as mentors with High School Students to create engaged videos using cellular technology. This program is a collaborative project lead by Bob Glover, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and the Black Covid Experience Library Guide Team with the Fredericksburg High School.  The program duration for 10 weeks from Oct 5 through Dec 10, 2020.


PUBLIC LAUNCH EVENT:Documenting & Contributing to the Conversation
Platform launch of the platform, 
View the recording to the July 13, 2020 Event (here)  

Storytelling Workshop 
with Tre Johnson 
View the recording to the July 29, 2020 Workshop (here) 

Storytelling Workshop 
with Janay Graham 
View the recording to the July 6, 2020 Workshop (here) 

Environmental Justice: Mapping Awareness
With Clio Gates, LyLena Estabine, Sarah DeMott, George Clark
Aug 20 & 27, 2020 (2-Part Series)
Audio Tour & PDF Guide:

Voting as Protest! Political Activism during the Pandemic
With Quentin Harris & Hamilton Brooks
Aug 26, 2020
Listen to the Discussion (coming)

View the Films and Listen to the Discussions (here)

Journal Retreat:  From Pandemic Toward Healing
@ BlackCovidTale Instagram 
With Jo Persad and Janay Graham  

Call & Response: Harvard's Respond to Black American Experiences during Covid-19.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Event recording: Coming Soon
This panel highlights ways the Harvard community has developed responses to the topic of 
Black American Experiences during the Covid Pandemic.  From students, staff, interns, librarians, and 
faculty these conversations showcase the potential for research, teaching, and confronting anti-black 
racist dialogues across the Harvard community.  

Race & Justice Film Series 
Film Series Website (here)
Join us for community discussion of race and justice through film screenings followed 
by panel discussion. Conversations will be facilitated by Harvard first year students and invited 
members of the community. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and fellows.  

Anti-Racism Book Club 
First Monday of the Month. 
Book Club Website (here)
Join us for community discussion of anti-black racism through topics presented in our 
monthly selection of books and film. Conversations will be facilitated by HGSE graduate 
student fellows and the HGSE Guttman Library. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and fellows.