(In)Equity and Resilience:
Black Women, Systemic Barriers and COVID-19 Project

The goal of this collaborative reporting between two women-run, statewide news organizations in Mississippi is simple, but complicated: Dig into and report the systemic inequities that caused COVID-19 to hit Black women harder than any other group, including Black men, in its early months in 2020. A team of women journalists is zooming in on specific counties, using our deep Mississippi networks, on-the-ground reporting and solution circles to, first, learn from Black women in counties across Mississippi about the deep-seated challenges the pandemic magnified, then to report their stories in deep historic and data-driven context. The journalists then take those county-level discoveries and report them through a solutions-journalism lens, seeking actions that can work in counties across Mississippi, with support from the Solutions Journalism Network.

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Deconstructing COVID-19 and Race Inequities in Mississippi

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Oren D’Lonte Anderson was only 22 when he died from...
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Pauline Rogers and her husband, Fred Rogers, founded the Rech...
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BWC Voices

Black Maternal Health: Postpartum In The Time of COVID-19
Reva Kindred shares her first postpartum experience with professional Black...
The Love of Mississippi Women Restored Village COVID-19 Broke
Shanina Carmichael reflects on her experiences as a woman, mother...
My Self-Care Plan to Manage Holiday Stress: Shift Gears, Reduce Resistance
Shanina Carmichael encourages us all to take time to honestly...

What we learned from solution circles...

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The Team