What Black Women’s Histories Can Teach Us about Pandemics

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Black Feminist in Public is a new series of conversations between creative black women and Janell Hobson, a Ms. scholar whose work focuses on the intersections of history, popular culture and representations of women of African descent.

What Black Women’s Histories Can Teach Us about Pandemics
The creative genius of black women, like Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau (left) and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman (center), paved the way for modern black women, like Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett—the lead scientist in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Given this historic moment of global pandemic, I am inclined to reflect on the importance of history.

Already, this history is gendered, raced and classed. The privileged comfort and status of Global North nations moved slowly to combat the spread of the coronavirus that caused the respiratory illness called COVID-19 since it originated from China….

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