21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge ©

The NOLSW National Executive Board and NOLSW National staff are proud to announce our participation in a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge © beginning on Saturday, August 8, 2020. We invite our unit members to join us in this opportunity for growth to become more aware and engaged people in the quest for racial equity.

The Challenge invites participants to complete 21 short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that include readings, videos or podcasts. In light of recent events, these assignments intentionally focus on the Black American experience. That intentionality reflects NOLSW’s statement in support of Black Lives Matter and our commitment to provide training to educate and empower both ourselves and our members in the fight for racial and economic justice.

To take part in the Challenge click this link to request to subscribe to the google group https://groups.google.com/g/nolsw-21-day-challenge. In the “reason for joining” share your employer and state if you would like to. You will receive a daily email for 21 days with the assignments for that day. The Challenge is open to anyone so please invite your friends and family to join us as well.

 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge is the registered copyright of America & Moore, LLC. 2014.

The 21-Day Challenge concept is based on the work of Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Debby Irving and Dr. Marguerite Pennick-Parks. This Challenge is designed to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression.

This syllabus was created by the Council of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.

 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge © 

Day 1

Nikole Hannah-Jones, America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One, The New York Times (Aug. 14, 2019)

Day 2

How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a Racist, Longest Shortest Time Podcast

Day 3

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic (May 21, 2014)

Day 4

Danielle Cadet, Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They Are Okay – Chances Are They Are Not(May 2020)

Katy Waldman, A Sociologist Examines The “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans From Confronting Racism, New Yorker (July 23, 2018)

Day 5

Megan Ming Francis, Let's get to the root of racial injustice, TEDTalks (March 21, 2016)

Day 6

Project Implicit, Implicit Association Test (IAT), (This exercise requires navigating the sign up for the tests, which includes answering a series of questions for the researchers, but it is recommended that everyone do at least these tests: RaceSkin Tone, and Weapons-Race. Also, everyone is encouraged to add these tests if you are able: Asian American, Native American, and Arab-Muslim.)

Day 7

Kristen Rogers, Dear anti-racist allies: Here's how to respond to microaggressionsCNN

Ali Vingiano, 63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project, BuzzFeed (March 3, 2014)

Day 8

James McWilliams, Bryan Stevenson On What Well Meaning White People Need To Know About Race: An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices, Pacific Standard (updated Feb 18, 2019)

Day 9

"Media portrayals of black men contribute to police violence, Rutgers study says,” EurekAlert! Science News (Nov. 29, 2018)

Leigh Donaldson, “When the media misrepresents black men, the effects are felt in the real world,” The Guardian (Aug. 12, 2015):

Day 10

John Biewen, Seeing White (14-part series podcast, 2017),  S2 E14: Transformation (44 minutes, 10 seconds)

or, if pressed for time: John Biewen, Seeing White (14-part series podcast, 2017),  S2 E1: Turning the Lens(16 minutes, 30 seconds)

Day 11

Karma Allen, More than 50% of homeless families are black, government report finds, ABCNews (Jan. 22, 2020)

Scott Winship, Richard V. Reeves, and Katherine Guyot, The Inheritance of Black Poverty: It’s All About the Men, Brookings (March 22, 2018), 

Day 12

Hannah Giorgis, Black Art is dangerous because it marries the personal and the political, The Guardian (Feb. 22, 2015)

Reggie Ugwu, Lena Waitheʼs Art of Protest: The “Queen & Slim” writer on mixing art and politics, the key to collaboration and those infamous comments about Will Smith and Denzel Washington, The New York Times (Dec. 2, 2019)

Bryan Stevenson ’85, "We can't recover from this history until we deal with it." legacy of slavery and the vision for creating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum, Harvard Law School YouTube (Jan 30, 2019)

Day 13

Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake, and Thalia González, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Adrienne Green, How Black Girls Aren’t Presumed to Be Innocent: A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers, The Atlantic (June 29, 2017)

Day 14

Perspectives in Poetry:  

Richard Wright - Between the World and Me (Author Bio)

Langston Hughes - Harlem (Author Bio)

June Jordan - Poem for Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer (Author Bio)

Audre Lorde -  Who Said it Was Simple (Author Bio)

Claudia Rankine – You are in the dark, in the car . . . (Author Bio)

Alice Walker - The World Rising (Author Bio)

Perspectives on Change:

The Beatles – Revolution #1 

Nina Simone – Revolutions 1 and 2 

Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam

Day 15

Peggy McIntosh, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege

Day 16

George Johnson, White gay privilege exists all year, but it is particularly hurtful during Pride, NBC News (June 30, 2019)

Laverne Cox Talks about Intersectionality at Harvard (Video clips) (March 11, 2014)

D-L Stewart, Black Trans* Lives Matter (TEDxTalks) (April 22, 2019)

Day 17

N. K. Jemisin, How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? The Toxins of Speculative Fiction, and the Antidote that is Janelle Monae, Blog (Sept. 30, 2013) 

Day 18

Sam Dylan Finch, 9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive, Everyday Feminism (May 29, 2017)

Day 19

Jolie A. Doggett, 4 Questions About Hair that Black Girls Are Tired of Answering, HuffPost (Feb. 14, 2020)

Jessica Moulite, Exclusive: Rep. Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head and Discusses Alopecia for the First Time, The Root (Jan. 16, 2020)

Hair Love, Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full), Sony Pictures Animation, YouTube (Dec. 5, 2019)

Day 20

National Conference for Community and Justice, Colorism 

Natasha S. Alford, Why Some Black Puerto Ricans Choose ‘White’ on the Census: The island has a long history of encouraging residents to identify as white, but there are growing efforts to raise awareness about racism, The New York Times (Feb. 9, 2020)

Day 21

Karyn LacyHow to Convince a White Realtor You’re Middle Class, The New York Times (Jan 21, 2020)

Who is "Karen" and Why Does She Keep Calling the Police on Black Men?, On the Media (Podcast) (May 29, 2020)

Extra Resources

Eddie Moore Jr., 21-Day Plans

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.”

Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D, Critical Racial and Social Justice EducationList of Resources

Verna Myers, How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them, TED Talk (video) 

John Biewen, Seeing White (14-part series podcast, 2017)

Janice Gassam, Your Unconscious Bias Trainings Keep Failing Because You’re Not Addressing Systemic Bias (Forbes, Dec. 29, 2019)

Michael Harriott, How to Be a Better White Person in 2020, The Root (Jan 9, 2020)

Cheryl I. Harris, Whiteness As Property, Harvard Law Review, Vol. 106 No. 8 (June 1993)