Southside Community Association’s Lived Black Experience Project Hosts Panel On Covid-19.
09/21/2021

Reflections: the science, the vaccination, the variants, the economic impacts, our families, and our future. FBLive @MurdochCommunityCenter, 09/21/21, 6pm MST.

Online PR News – 21-September-2021 – FLAGSTAFF, AZ – The Southside Community Association’s Flagstaff Lived Black Experience (LBE) project announces a panel discussion on COVID-19 and the Black Community. The dialogue will focus on professional and personal reflections & concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccine, and how pre-existing inequities may have impacted the Black, African-American community of Flagstaff, and what can be done to change the future trajectory in the community.

The Southside Community Association is excited to host the panel discussion in partnership with the Arizona Community Engagement Alliance (AZ CEAL) against COVID-19 Disparities. The discussion will be live streamed on Facebook, Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 6:00 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., MST, @MurdochCommunityCenter and @LivedBlackExperience. The conversation will be facilitated by Ms. Khara House and Mr. Jermaine Barkley of the LBE, and will feature a panel of African-American/Black community leaders in education, health care, research, social services and local government.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Edmond L. Baker, Jr., Medical Director, Equality Care Centers.
• Ms. Deborah Ann Harris, Board President and Executive Director, The Southside Community Association.
• Ms. Crystal Warden-Gant, Assistant Director, City of Flagstaff’s Hal Jensen Memorial Recreation Center.
• Ms. Sandra Hickman-McCoy, Family Support Specialist, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.

Khara House, event co-moderator and a Southside Community Association Board Member, states, “The work of the Lived Black Experience CommUnity Dialogue series has long been to bring together the Flagstaff community to talk openly about important issues. As we often say, the lived Black experience is the lived experience of all. This conversation is all the more personal as we come together to face a global pandemic that we recognize has disproportionately impacted the Black community, and other communities of color, in Flagstaff, Coconino County, and throughout our nation. I am thrilled that we can have this timely, important conversation for the Black community, particularly as we face rising numbers from this now almost two-year long pandemic. I hope the community will come into this space and join with us as we work in community, as community, and for community to create solutions, collective action, and community-based advocacy to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

This virtual event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m., MST, and will be live-streamed on Facebook @MurdochCommunityCenter or @LivedBlackExperience.

About The Southside Community Association’s Lived Black Experience (LBE) CommUnity Dialogue Series.

The Southside Community Association (SCA) seeks to preserve the unique character of Flagstaff's first neighborhood while increasing prosperity of our entire city, creating an integrated community consisting of attractive residential areas and vibrant businesses. The Southside neighborhood is in the heart of downtown Flagstaff, Arizona.

Started after the murder of George Floyd SCA’s Lived Black Experience CommUnity Dialogue Project is dedicated to fully engaging the community in all aspects of the Lived Black Experience and facilitating community dialogues regarding it that lead to mutual understanding, respect and reconciliation.

About Arizona Community Engagement Alliance against COVID-19 Health Disparities.
The NIH-funded Arizona Community Engagement Alliance against COVID-19 Health Disparities seeks to provide trustworthy information to the people hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaska Natives, with the goal of building long-lasting community partnerships, as well as improving diversity and inclusion in research response to COVID-19.