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Oral history has a way of transforming black-and-white, two-dimensional events from the past into full technicolor stories with a personal touch. Since 1999, the University of Texas at Austin’s Voces Oral History Project has been the leading Latinx oral history archive, chronicling the stories of those who’ve served in the military, fought for civil rights and helped build the foundation for civic and political engagement for future generations.
A more recent phenomenon has sparked a new collection for Voces — the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the Latinx community.
The U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases reported than any other country in the world, with over 6 million people infected. As transmission continues to spread, communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the worst effects of the virus, especially Latinxs.
(This story first appeared on Texas Public Radio and was written by Norma Martinez & Lauren Terrazas.)