You are invited by the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State University to #COVIDWHILEBLACKPA, a digital roundtable taking place next Monday, June 1st at 1PM, led by Kevin Winstead, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow. The event is organized by the Colored Conventions Project (CBDR) and the Commonwealth Monument Project. Join thought leaders from across the Commonwealth for civic dialogue and collective action to address the challenges of COVID-19 for Black lives, rights and organizing. 



The COVID-19 Pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black communities. The multiple effects of several forces have converged: an election year, the US census, the anniversary of the passage of the 15th and 19th amendments, and a challenging political environment. This moment calls for African American communities to collectively strategize, convene and implement action plans. 


In an effort to identify the potential impacts on voting, voting rights, community organizing and political representation, and to explore the historical context of Black responses and resistance to similar moments and challenges, the Colored Conventions Project, Penn State’s Center for Black Digital Research (#DigBlk) and Lenwood Sloan of the Commonwealth Monument Project, an initiative of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC),* are convening a collaborative of statewide thought leaders and publics to share insights, concerns, information, and strategies for addressing the challenges of COVID-19 for Black communities and to think and act collectively now and in the long term. 


Key questions we’ll be addressing:

COVID-19 events that inform our current challenges and strategies? How do we connect to the historical force of these events? What is the political meaning and role of commemoration? How can we use the Juneteenth commemoration to engage in thoughtful action and change? 

What are areas for concern and strategies for addressing those concerns? How have current conditions changed how you plan, create programs, communicate with your community? What has been the role of technology in organizing? How is this COVID moment impacting your organizational engagement with the history and current realities of voting rights?

conditions changed how you plan, create programs, communicate with your communities? What are your most important work/priorities going forward?


When: June 1, 2020 from 1-3pm 


Register NOW, and no later than May 31 at:



Sharia Benn

Sankofa Theater, Harrisburg


Sam Black 

Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh


Tony Collins, 

1619 Project, Lancaster


Harriet Gaston

Penn State Altoona

Blair County African American Heritage Association


Ivan Henderson

African American Museum of Philadelphia


Leroy Hopkins

African American Historical Society of  

South Central Pennsylvania


Shakira King



Tayyib Smith

Little Giant Creative / Pipeline, Philadelphia


Kelly Summerford

William Goodridge House, York


tonya thames taylor

Westchester University


Corin Wilson

Mural Arts Philadelphia 



Amanda Kemp - Poet and Educator - F & M University - Lancaster 

Jordan Lewis  - PA. Poetry Aloud Winner 2018 

Momo St. Claire -  Educator and  Philadelphia Poet and Playwright

Raycell Diaz Hernandez PA. Poetry Aloud Finalist - 2019


*The Commonwealth Monument Project is an initiative of The Foundation For Enhancing Communities.



Center for Black Digital Research, #DigBlk

Colored Conventions Project

Commonwealth Monument Project, an initiative of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities 


Organized by:

Lenwood Sloan, Commonwealth Monument Project

P. Gabrielle Foreman, Center for Black Digital Research #DigBlk

Shirley Moody-Turner, Center for Black Digital Research #DigBlk

Denise Burgher, Colored Conventions Project

Clay Coleman, Colored Conventions Project

Kevin Winstead, Colored Conventions Project


With support from the Penn State University Libraries and the Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship 

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