Documenting COVID-19 and Race in Alabama

Recent articles in Slate and The Atlantic have examined the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities. In Alabama, more than 40% of those who have died from COVID-19 have been African American.

Our current health crisis emphasizes our state’s racial disparities in access to health care, child care, food, and resources for schooling, including internet access.

We want to hear your story. Project Say Something is launching a digital history harvest to gather artifacts– photographs, documents, and audio/video that can be recorded and uploaded to our site– related to COVID-19’s impact on Black communities in Alabama. We want to document this important moment in order to turn these stories into advocacy.

Your contributions might touch on the following topics:

  • Challenges with child care
  • Experiences with employment or unemployment
  • Experiences with remote schooling for children
  • Access to testing and basic health care
  • Experiences with social distancing guidelines

You can upload your story by clicking on the link below. Your story may appear on our Shoals Black History site to document the impact of COVID-19 on our local community.