National Center's "COVID Perceptions" Black History Month Event

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ASU's National Center Hosts Black History Month Virtual Event on COVID Perceptions Among African-American Culture

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU 

Both perceptions and misperceptions on the worldwide COVID Pandemic will be explored as part of the Black History Month event scheduled for Feb. 17 by Alabama State University's National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture (The National Center). The event is virtual and may be viewed live from 6 - 7 p.m. The program is being held in observance of Black History Month and will be live-streamed to various media platforms which include: the National Center's Facebook page, the LWLC Youtube channel, National Center Youtube channel and ASU's Facebook page. 

The event is titled "African-Americans Perceptions of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Moving Beyond Mistrust and Misinformation." 

"The event focuses on African-American's health and wellness during the ongoing worldwide pandemic," said Dean Janice Franklin, the National Center’s executive director. "The program aims to examine the state of black America in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and will examine the historical issues relating to the health and wellness of African-Americans, which is this year’s Black History Month national theme." 

The event will have three speakers who are all very involved with health and wellness related to Alabama's African-American residents, including Dr. Joyce Loyd-Davis, the senior director of ASU's Health Center; Felecia Barrow with the Alabama Department of Public Health; and Dr. Pamela Foster, M.D., with the University of Alabama.  

"Our event will also discuss the perceptions that some African-Americans have towards vaccinations and whether those perceptions are a cause for mistrust and misinformation," Franklin added. 

For more information on the event, please call 334-229-6888. 

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.