Commentary: Pandemic's toll on young Black women

Earlier this year, as part of our work with the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative and Human Rights Watch, we spoke to a young woman from rural Bolivar County, Mississippi. She had been planning to attend college this fall, the first in her family.Then came COVID-19 and she found herself caring for her ailing grandmother and setting up a K-5 classroom in the family’s trailer for her siblings. She had to quit her job for college money at Dollar General.“I thought I had it all figured out for the first time in my life and then all of this stuff started happening,” the 17-year-old recently t…

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