Naming Racism: COVID-19 and Beyond


Thursday, June 4, 2020, 4:00pm to 5:00pm



The tragic and inequitable effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic have heightened awareness across the United States of this country’s structural racism. For some, the crisis has been a wake-up call; for others, it has been yet another confirmation of a daily and cross-generational reality. As the first stay-at-home orders are lifted and businesses, government, and schools move toward reopening, how can we avoid having much of the nation fall back into “the somnolence of racism denial”?

Camara Phyllis Jones and David R. Williams will discuss the pathways through which racism has become evident during the pandemic and how increased awareness might be maintained and mobilized so that we, as a society, can move forward to dismantle racism and put in its place a system in which all people can thrive. Register online.


-Camara Phyllis Jones, 2019–2020 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; adjunct professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; senior fellow and adjunct associate professor, Morehouse School of Medicine

-David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; professor of African and African American studies and of sociology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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