My name is Trey Dodson and I’m one of the founders of Project Let’s CHAT. My grandmother passed away from COVID-19 in January 2021. Watching her fight the virus with all of the might in her 95 year old body was incredibly heart-wrenching, but it inspired me to find ways to allow her legacy to live on. Leading up to her death, I had been conducting a series of virtual interviews with her.
During these interviews, she would walk me through what life was like growing up in the hills of East TN as a black woman. She would delve into the stories of her favorite presidents and historical figures, and complain about the politicians who simply just ‘got on her nerves’. And lastly, she would enlighten me on how, in the thick of it all, she and her family found their way when there was no way to be found.