In 1970 a group of Black Librarians met to address the problems resulting from widespread racism in their profession. The problems fell into two major categories: Libraries in Black communities were most often inaccessible, had neglected facilities, and had inadequate staffing and resources. It was increasingly evident that minority communities were being left behind in accessing the avalanche of information so indispensable in a rapidly changing technological society. Blatant restrictions consistently blocked the Black Librarians' professional advancement.

New Yorkers were prompted to document their experiences during the pandemic using video, photos, and journaling and submit those items to the New York State Library for future generations to study and learn from.