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Mission Statement 

COVID Black - is a Black Digital Humanities (Black DH) collective and an early response taskforce on Black health and data that creates digital resources and engages in actions that are designed to raise awareness about health disparities within Black diasporic communities. Utilizing the critical and justice-oriented theoretical frameworks of Black Studies, Black Digital Humanities,Public Humanities, Medical Humanities, and Public Health, we seek to collectively build a network of resources and outreach around the role that intersectionality and ethics play in issues of information, science, technology, and medicine. As a Black DH collective, COVID Black foregrounds an understanding of race as a technology in order to reflect Black epistemologies and highlight the role that systemic racism plays in the politics of platforms, publics, and policies. Specifically, we focus on the ways in which digital tools and technology can be used to not only collect data, but to facilitate collaboration, creation, and community through the collection of information and discourse which highlights the lived experiences of Black people during and beyond the COVID-19 outbreak.

Purpose of COVID Black 

  1. To recover and amplify the voices of Black people and the Black experience in the age of COVID-19 and beyond, by creating digital projects that reflect how the Black community understands, uses, and responds to news coverage, social media exchange, information transmission, and prevention reporting, day-to-day survival techniques, and inequity in healthcare.

    2. To use, analyze, and critique data collection methods that compile, preserve, curate, and disseminate statistical information and accounts on COVID-19 and other health-related illnesses’ impact on Black people. The sources of our data collection include, but are not limited to, oral history interviews, social media, research studies, news articles, and health statistics.

    3. To deploy experimental, analytical, computational, and design capabilities in the areas of computer science and technology within the Black Digital Humanities. To revitalize Black Studies’ vital connections and relationships with Black Diasporic communities that can achieve positive change.


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