WLAM Presents:  The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©

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The 2021 Challenge is over by you can view the Wrap-up Panel – What Did You Learn and How Will You Use It? – Here


  • Hon. Kristen D. Simmons – Judge, 54A District Court
  • Michelle P. Crockett Chief Diversity Officer, Deputy Executive Officer and Principal, Miller Canfield
  • Shenique A. Moss – Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge was conceived by the diversity speaker and educator, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., as an introductory educational tool to promote a deeper understanding of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. The goal of the challenge is to raise your level of awareness, compassion, and engagement in your journey to understanding and promoting racial equity, no matter your station in life.

In recognition of Black History Month, starting February 1, 2021, you will be challenged to engage in one daily, intentional act on the journey to racial equity that exposes different perspectives on Black history, identify and culture. Those tasks range from reading an article, listening to a short podcast, or viewing videos.  The challenge is voluntary, is intended to be educational and give you a deeper understanding of the complexities of racial equity.  This challenge is what you make of it—you can challenge yourself for one day or 21 days.  If you feel encourage, you can do more than one challenge a day.

Educate, encourage and inspire.  Information is power, and we hope you use these new habits and power of knowledge, and passionately engage with the community.  We encourage you to share and encourage with your family, friends and workplace.

To further encourage deeper community connections and reflection, engage–comment on the challenge on our social media, start a conversation with another challenger or spread the awareness.

Find the challenges below.  We will be following the 21-day educational tool organized by the ABA.  Visit our Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Youtube channel to learn more.  Each day’s challenge will be posted daily.

Are you ready to challenge yourself?

ABA Syllabus

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: Race, Skin 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 microaggressions, CNN

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 E2: How Race Was Made

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:

Perspectives on Change:

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 Lacy, How 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)


What Habits Did You Learn?
Wrap-up Panel – February 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm
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