The AP takes a road trip across the United States to talk to Americans as a nation disrupted grapples with COVID-19, economic meltdown, protests for racial justice and a turbulent election. This project is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
With US coronavirus cases surging, the AP Road Trip team met a Mississippi man longing for his wife, hospitalized with COVID-19 for four months. This is a love story. But also a story of the virus, who it strikes, and who takes it seriously. (Oct. 29)
Almost no Black people could vote in Mississippi until well into the 1960s. More than 50 years later, voter suppression in the state has evolved. Voters now face obstacles like strict voter ID laws and the disenfranchisement of former prisoners. (Oct. 22)
In Vienna, Illinois, no one talks openly about the violence that drove out Black residents 66 years ago, or about how it became a 'sundown town.’ The town is still grappling with racial tensions today. WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE. (Oct. 14)
It's been 56 years since President Lyndon Johnson unveiled his plan for a "Great Society" in Ohio to combat rural poverty and racial injustice across the U.S. But much of Appalachian Ohio still has child poverty rates higher than 30%. (Oct. 1)