Black Immigrants in the Whitest State: Episode 8 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

Safiya Khalid was elected to the city council of Lewiston, ME in 2019. Photo: Zahir Janmohamed

Black residents in Maine make up just 2% of the state’s population, but they’re twenty times more likely to get COVID than white Mainers. We hear from two members of the state’s African diaspora — Lewiston, Maine city council member Safiya Khalid and civil liberties attorney Michael Kebede — about the history of African migration to Maine and how they were transformed by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

A Better Life? is a ten-part series about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on immigrants across the U.S. Read more about the series here.

Fi2W is supported by The Ford Foundation, the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Listening Post Collective, an anonymous donor and readers like you.

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