Interview with Katonya Jackson Pinckney


Autumn Jackson



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This interview was conducted by Autumn Jackson with Katonya Jackson Pinckney as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. In the interview, Jackson-Pinckney details her experience as a mother, state employee, and Black woman during the COVID-19 pandemic. She specifically discusses the challenges she faced in terms of balancing her responsibilities as both a parent and professional amid a public health crisis. She also sheds light on what she believes to be a society hyperaware of contagions due to COVID-19, whether for better or worse. Notable topics of conversation include quarantine, health protocols (masking, vaccination, etc.), parenting, family dynamics, education, Winthrop University, and the wider effects of the pandemic on individuals and families.

Katonya Jackson Pinckney (b. 1979) is a native of West Columbia, SC and government employee. Before working in her current role as a Case Coordinator for Child Support Enforcement (CSE) in Mecklenburg County, NC, she worked in regulatory health for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Jackson-Pinckney earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from Webster University. Her daughter, Autumn Jackson (the interviewer), studies Art Education at Winthrop University.

Spearheaded by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History and African American studies at Winthrop University, Project 2020 is best summarized in her words: “The goal was to conduct interviews that explored the various ways in which Americans were experiencing and being impacted by the various watershed moments that emerged during 2020 (the global pandemic, social unrest, financial challenges, issues with healthcare, etc.)."

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COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020, Black Women, Parenting, Family Dynamics, Education

Interview with Katonya Jackson Pinckney