What is the most challenging part of Covid-19? 

For me, the most challenging part of COVID19 is the fact that we are fighting two pandemics currently underway in the U.S. The coronavirus, which is disproportionately impacting black and brown communities and the constant violence black bodies, minds and spirits.  Having to be quarantined and find ways to pivot and advocate for my community while remaining healthy has been taxing on my mental and emotional health. 

What has given you strength/ are there any unexpected positives from this time?

One of the positives about having to be really still during quarantine is that it has allowed the Black community to experience an awakening of sorts and come together as a unified front to fight against systemic racism and police brutality.  It also allowed us to slow down in a lot of cases, experience and bask in our own black joy.

Who do you wear a mask for?

I wear a mask for my many family members who suffer from auto-immune diseases.

Rochelle Levy-Christopher

36 years old 

Founder and Director of the Black Literacy and Arts Collaborative (B.L.A.C.) Project