So far, 2020 has been quite a year. The COVID-19 pandemic arrived early in the year and claimed more than 100,000 lives in the U.S. The virus has also forced all of us to make changes in our daily lives that will likely go on for months. During March, April and May, millions of people lost their jobs. Others were told to work from home.

Schools shut down and suddenly many parents found themselves in the challenging role of teachers. Staying home day after day, wearing a mask, and social distancing have left us wondering when will life be "normal" again.

Then last month, a shocking murder of a black man by a police officer in Minneapolis. The video of the officer's knee on George Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, while three officers stood by and did nothing, are images we won't soon forget.

The pictures were jarring and disturbing, and they prompted nationwide protests and demonstrations calling for an end to racism and police brutality. Most of those protests were peaceful, but some ended in violence, looting and destruction of property

Rev. David Lima joined Townsquare Sunday this week to reflect on both the pandemic and the protests, and what might happen in the weeks and months ahead.

Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. on 1420 WBSM. Interview segments can also be heard at, on the WBSM app, and on WBSM TV on YouTube.

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