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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.

Black American Experiences during the Covid-19 Pandemic

mosaic depicting the black pandemic experience

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This collection documents the experience of COVID-19 across Black communities in America.  Its intention is to create a collective conversation of material for teaching and learning about the contemporary effects of COVID-19 among Black communities as it is tied to the historical legacy of race in America.

The aim of this guide is to assist students, faculty and researchers in exploring this topic from multiple social and cultural perspectives as a place to begin inquiry.  In using this guide, please see that we have also linked this resource with additional sources for more in-depth conversations.  As scholarship on COVID-19 is new and emerging many of the sources are from news sources, journalists, personal narratives, and community town-hall meetings. Please continue to check-back as we will be building the collection as new resources become available.

This guide was created in partnership between Tracie Denise Jones, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Sarah DeMott, Research Librarian, Harvard College Library.  For instruction on using this guide, or further assistance in researching with the Harvard Library please contact This guide is open access and available to the public.