Virtual Juneteenth celebration focuses on how COVID-19 impacts the Black community

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health and the UW Carbone Cancer Center invite people to a virtual Juneteenth celebration this weekend.

Health experts will join with community leaders for the “Strength of Our Resilience / Black Voices Matter” program organized by the Kujichagulia Madison Center for Self Determination. The discussion will focus on COVID-19 in the Black community and acknowledging the ability for African-Americans to thrive, survive and build in the face of adversity.

Tiffany Green, UW-Madison assistant professor of population and health sciences, says a lot of the focus in the media has been on underlying conditions to explain why Black people are disproportionately dying from COVID-19.

“That’s the wrong question we’re asking,” Green said. “We need to be asking why Black people are disproportionately exposed to COVID-19. We know that because of a history of systemic racism, segregation, differences in access to opportunities that Black people are more likely to be in neighborhoods without resources. Black people are more likely to be sorted into jobs where they are underinsured and uninsured, but also exposed to COVID-19 because they can’t work at home.”

You can watch the conversation via Facebook Live on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Click here to register.