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Soundboard: COVID in Charlottesville, One Year Later

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March 13 marked the one-year anniversary of a day that changed a lot of our lives. On March 13, 2020 Governor Ralph Northam announced that all public schools in Virginia would close for at least two weeks. You’ll hear about that day from Albemarle High School student Mary Govan. Then we’ll talk about the racial inequities that the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated with Samantha Willis, who recently published a series with the Charlottesville Inclusive Media project. We’re also going to talk to a student artist about her exhibit for this year’s mostly virtual Liberation and Freedom Days.

Samantha Willis is freelance journalist with experience in broadcast, digital and print media. She is a native of Hanover County and lives in Ashland with her husband and sons.