[ONLINE] - COVID and Black Workers: Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges

"COVID and the Black Community" Session VI

New America Indianapolis and The Indianapolis Recorder are both committed to ensuring that the perspectives of Black Midwesterners are represented and engaged in solving public problems. The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting all Americans but it will, quite simply, impact Black America differently. Systemic barriers and racism have set the stage -- we cannot respond to the crisis without facing those barriers explicitly and as a community.

Join us for "COVID and the Black Community" a weekly online community conversation series, co-hosted by New America and the Recorder, and featuring local and national experts and resources. The sixth installment in the series is May 19 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm ET: "COVID and Black Workers: Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges."

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Black workers were less likely to have remote work options, paid leave or equitable compensation. Black residents--especially women--were also over-represented in jobs with high vulnerability to disruption by automation. The losses were personal but also communal as too many talented Black residents were limited in their choices, earning power, or opportunities to advance. The COVID crisis and the pivots it has required by employers and local economies, has accelerated and exacerbated certain inequities. What is the path forward to better engage, empower, and improve outcomes for Black workers?


  • Angela Carr Klitzsch, President and CEO - EmployIndy
  • Fred Payne, Commissioner - Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Angela Smith Jones, J.D., Deputy Mayor of Economic Development - City of Indianapolis
  • Marshawn Wolley, Columnist and Civic Innovator - Indianapolis Recorder
  • Molly Martin, Director - New America Indianapolis

Registration is free and open to all.

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