21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge ©

The Judicial Division is proud to announce our participation in a “21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge ©,” and we invite Division members to join us. The 21-Day Challenge concept was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. We are grateful to him for publicly sharing and encouraging others to use this concept as an educational tool. 

Our Division will begin its 21-Day Challenge on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 using on the below syllabus, originally created by the Section of Labor & Employment Law. The goal of the challenge is to allow each of us to grow in our search for justice and to become more compassionate and engaged in the quest for racial equity.  The Challenge is voluntary, and participation in the Challenge shall not be construed as agreement with every word of every assignment nor a commitment by any person to a particular professional position or strategy.  While it is not the intention of the Challenge to cause offense, some participants may be offended by some language used in the lessons. There is no completion requirement and participants can opt-out at any point.

The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that include readings, videos or podcasts. The syllabus the Division is using was intentionally crafted by the Section of Labor & Employment Law to focus on the Black American experience. In their words, “the assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of Black history, identity and culture, and to the Black community’s experience of racism in America. Even this focus on Black Americans cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the Black community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community of color.” We hope this syllabus will act as a foundation to build upon long after the 21 days are over.

If you plan to participate in the Challenge, you can use this form to sign up for our list of members participating.  We will not be posting names of participants without your permission, but we would like to maintain a count of participants.

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

Syllabus: 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge © 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

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

Day 8

Day 9

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

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18

Day 19

Day 20

Day 21

Extra Resources