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(left to right, clockwise) Darron Cummings, Lawrence Jackson, Jae C. Hong, Chris Pizzello (Invision) / AP

The Black community has suffered many losses in the past year.

With the deaths of role models like Kobe Bryant and Chadwick Boseman, historical figures like Elijah Cummings and John Lewis, in addition to those at the hands of police, the effects from such events on mental health have come into focus.

Kristen Gillespie
Illinios State University Athletics

Illinois State women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie said Kobe Bryant was a childhood hero for many of her players, and his death is a reminder to make every day count.