Executive Summary. The Two Pandemics: Forward Promise Fights Racism in the COVID-19 Era

November 2021

Forward Promise & The Moriah Group


In May 2021, the U.S. reversed mask mandates and loosened restrictions on gatherings amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic. These changes signaled a return to “normal” for some. As people resume their gym workouts, reschedule their weddings, and rebook their vacations, the lives of the nation’s people of color (POC)—particularly those in poverty—are far from normal. These families are in worse conditions than ever before, and their mental, physical, and economic well-being is more precarious.