At the intersection of a global pandemic and social justice movement: Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement on the development of passion for a cause, mental health and well-being of Black young adults in Canada.

The historic events of the spring of 2020 – the collision of the worst public health crisis in a century and the largest Black civil rights movement in half a century – offer a unique opportunity to examine how the frustrations and hopes of Black young adults were affected. We sought to understand the potentially competing impacts that the public health and social justice crises have had on the young adults in their communities. In partnership with the Black Community Resource Center, we are planning to conduct a longitudinal study to examine the psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement on Black young adults in Canada. We plan to recruit a nationally representative sample of 400 Black young adults through the research company Léger.

Faculty Supervisor:

Richard Koestner


Anne Catherine Holding


The Black Community Resource Centre




Health care and social assistance


McGill University



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