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Maryland Today | From Vaccine Hesitation to Drawing a Path to Vaccines…

Jasmine Mitchell '20 and Marcus Ford '20

Jasmine Mitchell ’20 and Marcus Ford ’20 live comic readings at the Wooley Mammoth Theater. (Photo by Jason Mukendi)

He hired Mitchell and Ford to work as collaborators from the time he was at the writer Jimenez Porter’s house. They used his CommuniVax team of Prince George County Reports. Primary resource.

“I realized there are so many stories. It’s impossible to accurately portray them all in one graphic novel. There have been so many stories about technology gaps for the industry,” Ford said. “We wanted to bring justice to nurses, barbers, teachers, the homeless, the elderly, and highlight experiences that people might not think much of.”

They planned a six-part series loosely following the journey of Antoine, a black Prince George County resident, from his hesitancy to a vaccine to his confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine.

“We have a deep history in this country of black people being harmed by medical institutions and treated like guinea pigs,” Mitchell said. “People were really hesitant about the vaccine and how quickly it came and the change in the message. Instead of saying, “Let’s start a dialogue by asking more questions.” to protect our bodies. ”

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They have completed Volumes 1 and 2 and are currently printing them for distribution at local barbershops. To reach as many people as possible, they assembled a team of young artists of color in the area to help tell these stories through live readings. Adapted podcast. A puppet show for elementary school students. The books are also translated into Spanish. Book 1 “Jacksons” is already completed.

At an early reading at The Shop Spa, a barber shop in Hyattville, client Alim Kamala, who helped shoot the video for the project, said: …these are just life lessons here…I am learning to be more compassionate about these experiences with people who do not understand what is going on in the world. “

“It’s great to see these become physical copies. We can read this and people don’t feel like, ‘I’m alone in this thought process.’ I feel good,” he said.

That feedback will inspire Mitchell and Ford, who aim to complete the series next summer. I envision the repetition of

“If we don’t continue to enter black and brown communities who are most likely to suffer negative consequences, we will again see our communities get sicker and die young,” said Thomas. “We have to encourage them to keep the line to protect themselves from COVID and beyond.”