Join WGBH and The Boston Globe for the first in a series of virtual forums examining race and inequality in Massachusetts. Produced in partnership with the NAACP Boston Branch and WORLD Channel, "The State of Race" will kick off this Wednesday, July 22, at 7:30pm ET with a discussion on the intersection of race and COVID-19.

Hosted by award-winning journalist Dan Lothian, this first conversation explores the inequities Black communities face in health, personal income, and more, made far worse by the pandemic. Panelists include Boston NAACP's Tanisha Sullivan, Esq., Boston Medical Center's Dr. Thea James, and The Globe’s Adrian Walker.

In this preview below, former Boston city councilor and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson joins Lothian to discuss his personal experience of testing positive for COVID-19, dealing with the fatal consequences of the virus, and the inequities faced by Black communities during the pandemic.