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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.


Access to housing, or its absence, is one of the most critical elements in addressing the stark disparities in the social determinants of health; where you live can make you sick.  But as we know from affluent communities, it can also make you well.  If this virus has proven anything, it is that housing is a human right.
Co-Curator:  David Harris, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School

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Race, Hunger, and COVID-19: The impact on African Americans
Bread for the World
April 1, 2020
blog Bread for the World
Expert: Food deserts in black communities partly explain coronavirus vulnerability
Daily Herald
Madhu Krishnamurthy
​April 13, 2020
news Demetrice Burgess
Black Deaths and Black Mourning in the Time of Coronavirus
African American Intellectual History Society
Joan Flores-Villalobos
blog Panama Canal under construction, 1908 (Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection)
Junk Food Makers Target Blacks, Latinos and Communities of Color, Increasing Risks From COVID-19
U.S. Right to Know 
Stacy Malkan
April 27, 2020
news U.S. Right to Know
‘A Terrible Price’: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America
New York Times
April 29, 2020
news Members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club before a funeral procession in New Orleans. Eight weeks after Mardi Gras, eight club members had died of Covid-19.Credit...L. Kasimu Harris for The New York Times
Boston's Black Communities Discuss the COVID-19 Outbreak in the City Neighborhoods (Part II)
The New Democracy Coalition
Segun Idowu, Monica Cannon, Larry Ellison, Imari Paris Jeffries, Dr. Carroy Ferguson, Dominga Martin, Darrell Jones, Gary Webster, Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman, Malia Lazu, and Senator Dianne Wilkerson
April 30, 2020

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2020 Racial Justice Summit: Developing a Reconstruction Agenda for Black Boston
NAACP Boston
May 2, 2020

event Developing a Reconstruction Agenda for Black Boston
Cancel the Rent
The New Yorker
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
May 12, 2020
news Evictions and foreclosures in the U.S. could trigger a new wave of infection and illness—but it’s not too late to act.Illustration by Jamiel Law

Valuing Black lives and property in America’s Black cities
Brookings Institute, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
John R. Allen, Andre M. Perry, Brentin Mock, and Kimberlé W. Crenshaw
May 19, 2020

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event, video, audio, webinar Brookings Institute

The Striking Racial Divide in How Covid-19 Has Hit Nursing Homes
New York Times
May 21, 2020

news Bria of Belleville, a rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility in Belleville, Ill.Credit...Whitney Curtis for The New York Times
In Homes Left Empty By COVID-19, This Georgia Woman Packs Up The Memories
Morning Edition, NPR
Danny Hajek
May 26, 2020
news Cathy Cody is owner/operator of No Ifs Ands Or Butts About It Janitorial Services & More, LLC in Albany, Ga. Jason Cabatit/JCabatit Photography
Tenants Rising: Cancel Eviction Caravan
City Life/Vida Urbana, Massachusetts Peace Action
June 27-28, 2020

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Former county health chief: Racism common factor in deaths in ’95 Chicago heat wave, COVID-19
Chicago Sun Times
Maudlyne Ihejirika
June 28, 2020


news Dr. Linda Murray, today an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, was an internist at a clinic in Cabrini-Green during the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave, and says the structural racism responsible for the deaths of 739 Chicagoans 25 years ago has again played out during the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality reckoning. Here, she participates in a June 4 demonstration by “White Coats for Black Lives,” at old Cook County Hospital. Provided

To Be Hungry in the Middle of the Pandemic
New York Times
Yunghi Kim
July 4, 2020

opinion People lined up at a Catholic Charities pop-up food distribution at St. Finbar Catholic Church in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.Credit...Yunghi Kim/Contact Press Images
10 Steps to Take to Try to Prevent Your Own Eviction
New York Times
Ron Lieber
July 11, 2020
news Robert Neubecker
Intersecting Crises: How are Climate Change and COVID-19 Impacting Housing?
UMass Boston News
July 16, 2020
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Virtual Workshops
Fair Housing & Civil Rights Conference

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COVID-19 and Economic Opportunity Across Zip Codes in America: New Insights from Big Data with Raj Chetty
Harvard Alumni Education
July 28, 2020


The Coming Eviction Crisis: ‘It’s Hard to Pay the Bills on Nothing’
The New York Times
Binyamin Appelbaum
August 9, 2020


When the Threat of Eviction Meets the Threat of the Virus
The New York Times
Matthew Desmond
August 29, 2020