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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.


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COVID-19 Resources: Gender Data, Gender, and Data
March 2020
resource collection
The Black Trans Femmes on the Frontlines of the Crisis | TLC COVID-19 Community Call 2
Transgender Law Center
Tiara Gendi, LaSaia Wade, Micky B, Mariah Moore, and Janetta Johnson
April 2, 2020

View the Transgender Law Center's COVID-19 resource page here
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COVID-19 Call 9 -- The Black Trans Leaders Showing the Way to Liberation
Transgender Law Center
Tiara Gendi, LaSaia Wade, Micky B, Mariah Moore, and Janetta Johnson
April 2, 2020

Watch the video here
View the Transgender Law Center's COVID-19 resource page here

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Being Black & Pregnant Was Already Scary — Coronavirus Makes It Even Scarier
Danielle Cadet
April 9, 2020
UCSF study investigates coronavirus impact on pregnancy
San Francisco Chronicle
Sarah Feldberg
April 10, 2020
Black Maternal Health Week Highlights COVID-19’s Impact on Black Pregnancy
Supermajority News
Natelegé Whaley
April 14, 2020
Still We Rise: Black Maternal Health During Covid-19
Museum of the African Diaspora MoAD
April 14, 2020
Intersectionality & COVID-19: A Discussion with Fletcher Faculty and Students
The Fletcher School
Dyan Mazurana, Kimberly Theidon, Nicholas Cicchinelli, Kelsey Wise, Kinsey Spears, Professor Bridget Conley, and Jeremiah Anthony
April 16, 2020

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How to Learn From a Plague
Still Processing Podcast, New York Times
April 16, 2020
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I'm black and pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic and this is why I'm scared
ABC News
Katie Kindelan
April 17, 2020
Fearing Coronavirus, Many Rural Black Women Avoid Hospitals to Give Birth at Home
April Simpson
April 17, 2020
news Black women are two to three times more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy than white women, regardless of income or education. Black midwives could be part of the solution, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, but restrictions on midwifery make it difficult to practice in many states. Getty Images
Equity360: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity—COVID-19 and Preparing for the Next Pandemic
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
April 20, 2020,_Race,_and_Ethnicity_COVID_19.6.aspx?WT.mc_id=EMxALLx20100222xxFRIEND

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article  Facebook Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Efforts to Reduce Black Maternal Mortality Complicated by COVID-19
California Health Care Foundation
Xenia Shih Bion
​April 20, 2020
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Mapping of online articles on Covid-19 and Gender
April 21, 2020
resource collection UNESCO
Historic Coalition of Women’s and Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief to Stop Alabama COVID-19 Order to Severely Restrict and Criminalize Abortion
Feminist Majority Foundation
Feminist Newswire
​April 22, 2020
news Feminist Majority Foundation
Pregnant black women face higher mortality rates: How COVID-19 adds to fears
KSHB Kansas City
Daisha Jones
April 23, 2020
news, audio, video A 20-year-old Bangladeshi woman gave birth to twins, 26 days after giving birth to her first child.
Black Maternal Health and the U.S. COVID-19 Response
Black Mamas Matter Alliance BMMA
April 23, 2020
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Scholars Strategy Network
Daniela Mansbach and Alisa Von Hagel
​April 26, 2020
news Scholars Strategy Network
Help Protect Pregnant Black Women On South, West Sides Through New Masks For Moms Initiative
Block Club Chicago
Mauricio Peña
April 27, 2020
Centering women of color is key to COVID-19 response
Women's Funding Collaborative
April 30, 2020
blog (Photo by Retha Ferguson from Pexels)
The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Women of Color
Society for Women's Health Research
Lucy Erickson, PhD, SWHR
April 30, 2020
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THE TIME’S UP GUIDE TO Equity and Inclusion During Crisis
Times Up
May 2020
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Sisters and Siblings in the Struggle: COVID-19 + Black + Asian-American Feminists Solidarities
Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective
Rachel Kuo, Salonee Bhaman, Tiffany Diane Tso, Julie Kim, and Senti Sojwal
May 4, 2020

View the Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities reading list here 

event, video, resource collection Images: Organization of Women of African and Asian Descent; Third World Women’s Alliance; Azalea: A Magazine for Third World Lesbians; inaugural Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Conference in Cairo, Dec 1957, and This Bridge Called My Back. Background: Review of the Asian-African Conference, May 1955. Photo Credit: Asian American Feminist Collective.
For Maternal Health and Covid-19, a Racial Divide
Human Rights Watch
Annerieke Daniel
May 4, 2020
news U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus,  speaking at the Black Maternal Health Caucus Stakeholder Summit at the Capitol in Washington, DC on July 11, 2019.  © 2020 Sipa USA via AP (Photo by Michael Brochstein)
When Maternity Wards in Black Neighborhoods Disappear
New York Times
Kelly Glass
May 5, 2020
Jaboukie Young-White Examines Why Gay Men Still Struggle to Donate Blood During COVID-19
Rolling Stone
Jon Blistein
May 5, 2020
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Q&A with Minda Harts: How COVID-19 is impacting women of color
Lean In
Minda Harts and Rachel Thomas
May 6, 2020

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What Does 'Hood Feminism' Mean For A Pandemic?
Code Switch Podcast, NPR
Karen Grigsby Bates
May 6, 2020
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COVID-19’s Impact On Women Of Color
Naomi Cahn
May 10, 2020
A Double Pandemic: Domestic Violence in the Age of COVID-19
Council on Foreign Relations
Caroline Bettinger-Lopez and Alexandra Bro
May 13, 2020
COVID-19 amplifies racial disparities in maternal health: Advocates, lawmakers are working to make changes to curb maternal deaths
Roll Call
Sandhya Raman
May 14, 2020

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COVID-19 may lead to more maternal deaths among blacks, Latinos
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
May 14, 2020
news video
Discover Society
Ashlee Christoffersen
May 15, 2020
This nurse cared for the lives of black mothers and their babies. Covid-19 took hers.
The Washington Post
Lateshia Beachum
​May 18, 2020
Black pregnant women face a mortality crisis—and now a pandemic. Can tech help?
Fast Company
A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
May 19, 2020
news, tech
Black pregnant women are already at higher risk. The coronavirus pandemic is making it worse.
Hartford Courant
Monique Rainford
May 31, 2020
Black workers face two of the most lethal preexisting conditions for coronavirus—racism and economic inequality
Economic Policy Institute
Elise Gould and Valerie Wilson
June 1, 2020

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The Color and Gender of COVID-19: Essential Workers, Not Disposable People
Think Global Health
Catherine Powell
June 4, 2020
I thought the pandemic would give my kids a break from the reality of being black in America. I was wrong.
The Lilly, The Washington Post
Lauren Francis-Sharma
June 4, 2020
When “Stay at Home” Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence during COVID-19
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Jacquelyn Campbell, Melissa DuBose, Sharon Imperato, Neena McConnico, and Janet Rich-Edwards
June 8, 2020

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Why Are Black Women and Girls Still an Afterthought in Our Outrage Over Police Violence?
Time Magazine
Brittney Cooper
June 17, 2020

Free COVID-19 Care Packages for the Transgender Community
Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

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Amplifying Community Voices: LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Katie Batza, Robert Goldstein, Jessica Halem, and Cecil R. Webster
June 26, 2020

Feminism in the Age of COVID-19
Continuum Collective
Jillian J Foster and Judicaelle Irakoze
July 1, 2020
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COVID-19 Leaves Black Domestic Workers Strained, Unseen and Vulnerable
Ms Magazine
Audrey Gibbs
July 12, 2020


International Center for Research on Women
September 10, 2020

press release