Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY

Deborah Barfield Berry


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Recent articles by Deborah:

'People are really suffering': Black and Latino communities help their own amid coronavirus crisis

Black and Latino community leaders are stepping in to help their own through the coronavirus crisis. → Read More

‘All night, my eyes are open’: After mass job losses, Americans forced to choose: Pay bills or buy food?

In seven weeks, 30 million Americans filed for unemployment. The economic crisis has hurt families, workers and businesses. → Read More

Heartbreak, prayer and mourning: US leads world in coronavirus deaths after deadliest week

In one week, coronavirus deaths soared in five major US cities. Here’s what the fight against COVID-19 looked like on the frontlines. → Read More

Black people are overwhelmingly dying from coronavirus in cities across the US

With coronavirus cases and deaths soaring in cities with significant black populations, civil rights groups are urging the release of racial data. → Read More

Health issues for blacks, Latinos and Native Americans may cause coronavirus to ravage communities

People of color have many underlying health conditions that could make them vulnerable to health risks from coronavirus, experts said. → Read More

Coronavirus layoffs disproportionately hurt black and Latino workers: 'It’s almost like doomsday is coming'

As coronavirus forces more businesses to close or downsize, low-income workers, who are disproportionately people of color, are likely to be hard hit. → Read More

Census officials temporarily suspend some operations because of coronavirus outbreak

Census officials announced Wednesday they are suspending some of their field operations to help ward off the spread of the coronavirus → Read More

How Rep. James Clyburn, a South Carolina icon, helped Biden score his big comeback

Exit polls showed nearly half of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina said James Clyburn’s endorsement was an important factor in their vote. → Read More

We're 'equipped' to count nation's population amid coronavirus crisis, census officials say. Lawmakers aren't so sure.

As census officials prepare to count the nation's population, experts and lawmakers raise concerns about the potential impact of the coronavirus. → Read More

What is the census and how is it used? Here's what you need to know about the 2020 census

Census 2020 helps determine everything from federal funding for schools, roads and health programs. Here's when it starts, ends and what to know. → Read More

America has a 'gruesome' history of lynching, but it's not a federal crime. A House vote could change that

The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan bill that would make lynching a federal crime, a move supporters say is long overdue. → Read More

'It's a sad day': As Booker exits Democratic primary, a once-historic field gets less diverse

Less than three weeks before the first votes are cast in Iowa only three non-white Democratic presidential candidates remain. → Read More

I was writing about colonial America’s first enslaved Africans. I was stunned to find my ancestors

The search for one woman's family led a reporter to find her own roots using oral history, archives and DNA tests. It also led to stunning results. → Read More

Tips to trace your family history beyond DNA tests

Researching your family history can be a daunting task, especially for African Americans. Here are some tips to find more about your genealogy and family history. → Read More

Joe Biden: Racism is a 'white man's problem' that is institutional in the U.S.

During an interview that focused largely on issues related to race, Biden said "white folks are the reason why there's institutional racism." → Read More

Hundreds of thousands of Africans were enslaved in America. Wanda Tucker believes her relatives were the first

Wanda Tucker knew when she arrived in Angola, the void she felt was bigger than any one ancestor. It was of an entire people missing its past. → Read More

The founding family you’ve never heard of: The black Tuckers of Hampton, Virginia

An ancient cemetery. A glimpse of black history, hidden for centuries. Why a baby named William and the year 1619 mean it all to the Tucker family. → Read More

Rep. Richmond takes leader role in Joe Biden bid: He is the right person at the right time

Rep. Cedric Richmond will co-chair Joe Biden's national campaign serving as a surrogate and adviser in the 2020 battle to take down Donald Trump. → Read More

Stacey Abrams calls on 2020 presidential hopefuls to step up on voter suppression fight

Abrams' bid for Georgia governor faced its own charges of voter suppression, but she says it's not just happening there and candidates should speak up → Read More

Can a gunman be forgiven? GOP Rep. Scalise discusses moral struggle after taking bullet on baseball field

It was outside the charred remains of a church in Louisiana last week that Rep. Steve Scalise talked to the pastor about how to forgive. → Read More