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The Original 21-Day Challenge is a #BlackIdea #DivineInspiration created by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.  

©2014-2024 All Rights Reserved America & Moore, LLC

"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable."
– Kenyan Proverb


"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation."
– Arthur Ashe

"Just don't give up what you're trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
– Ella Fitzgerald

The original 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge© is our call to action and founded in Black excellence –– a #BlackIdea. We welcome you and hope you will come with us, as we work toward the goal to create systemic and organizational change throughout the world.


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How White People Got Made


Quinn Norton explores where the term “white people” comes from and which ethnic groups have and have not been able to become “white” through US history.

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White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack


Groundbreaking 1989 essay by Peggy McIntosh who lists the ways she’s beginning to recognize the way white privilege operates in her life.

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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person


Gina Crosley-Corcoran, raised as “the kind of poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country,” explores where race and class do and don’t intersect and how she’s come to understand her own white privilege.

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Infographic: What Is Tone Policing And Why Is It Wrong?


Shambhavi Raj Singh explains what tone policing is, why it's harmful, and how to avoid it.

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The Case for Reparations


Ta-Nehisi Coates explains how reparations entail much more enslavement. (Excerpt of photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz)

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I’m Jewish and Don’t Identify as White. Why Must I Check That Box? *


Kwame Anthony Appiah brings historical context to the fraught identify of being Jewish in a world built on whiteness.


*Requires NYT subscription

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White House Threatens Discipline for Employees Engaging in ‘Divisive’ Training, Calls for Political Watchdogs 


Eric Katz unveils the Trump administration's Fall 2020 policy to police and obstruct diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings. (Excerpt of photo by Alex Brandon/AP)

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Struggling to Stay Home Latino Renters in the COVID-19 Pandemic


UnidosUS examines the lasting effects of systemic housing discrimination on communities of color, including disparities in rent burdens and housing affordability.

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Harvard Historian Examines How Textbooks Taught White Supremacy 


Liz Mineo explains how U.S. textbooks and educational strategy became perpetrators of white supremacy. (Excerpt of photo by Mary E. Yacovone)

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Redlining Was Codified Racism That Shaped American Cities And This Exhibit Shows It Still Exists 


Cristela Guerra describes traveling exhibit about 1930’s housing and lending policy’s creation of an enduring racist housing footprint across the U.S. (Excerpt of photo by Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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Black Women Voters Aren’t “Saving America.” We’re Saving Ourselves 


Joshunda Sanders contextualizes the role of Black women in the historic 2020 election. (Excerpt of photo by Bettmann/Contributor)

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This ‘Equity’ Picture is Actually White Supremacy at Work 


Sippin the EquiTEA reframes a well-worn equity v equality graphic.

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How One Teacher's Black Lives Matter Lesson Divided a Small Wisconsin Town 


Tyler Kingkade writes about how a white teacher’s spontaneous mini BLM lesson sparked a town wide controversy. (Excerpt of photo by Darren Hauck/NBC)

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The Weaponization of Whiteness in Schools 


Coshandra Dillard explores the role of whiteness in schools and offers examples of how educators can counter impulses to enforce it. (Excerpt of illustration by Meenal Patel)

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What Is White Privilege, Really?


Cory Collins examines racial bias as a belief and describes racism is what happens when that belief translates into action. (Excerpt of illustration by Marcin Wolski)

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The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an "Aberration"*


Michelle Alexander contextualizes the 2020 state of racism/white supremacy as an inevitable outcome of a collective narrative steeped in denial. *Requires NYT subscription

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From Alt-Right to Groyper, White Nationalists Rebrand For 2020 And Beyond 


Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) reports on white nationalist marketing strategy known as “groyper.”

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Opinion: Why BIPOC Is An Inadequate Acronym 


Kearie Daniel breaks down the term BIPOC and why it doesn’t sit well with herOpinion: Why BIPOC Is An Inadequate Acronym Kearie Daniel breaks down the term BIPOC and why it doesn’t sit well with her.


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Breaking Green Ceilings Podcast*


Amplifies the voices of environmentalists from historically underrepresented communities including Disabled, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color and accomplices.

(1 hour episodes)

*Access where you listen to podcasts

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Louder Than A Riot Podcast


Hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden this podcast reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration and explores power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game (1 hour episodes)

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Introducing: Nice White Parents 


From Serial and The New York Times, reporter Chana Joffe-Walt looks at the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block. Includes reading list and discussion guide, calls in/out white progressives.

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Teaching To Thrive Podcast*


Hosts Bettina Love & Chelsey Culley-Love share ideas that strengthen the everyday lives of Black and Brown students within our schools and communities. Each episode is aimed at empowering our knowledge for collective liberation. (20-40 minute episodes)

*Access where you listen to podcasts

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Black Voices in Healthcare Podcast


By the acclaimed medical storytelling community, The Nocturnists, who in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, invited in Black medical community luminaries, Ashley McMullen, MD and Kimberly Manning, MD, to host this series about how being Black shapes medical workers’ personal and professional lives (30 minutes-1 hour episodes)

*Access where you listen to podcasts

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Louder Than A Riot Podcast


Hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden this podcast reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration and explores power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game (1 hour episodes)

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Do the Work Podcast


Hosted by Brandon Kyle Goodman explores race and relationships. Each episode is an intimate conversation between two people who know each other well, and have had or are still having a struggle to cross the racial barrier. We bring them together so they can finally have a real conversation about race, and we can all learn how to be anti-racist in our daily lives. Debby Irving has a small role in each episode (30-50 minute episodes)

*Access where you listen to podcasts

1619 Podcast



Acclaimed New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, examines how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling (30-45 minute episodes)

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Left of Black 


Duke University Professor of African and African American Studies, Mark Anthony Neal, interviews Black Studies in arts, education, music, sports, and more. (20 minute-1 hour episodes)

*Also access on YouTube, Tumblr, or search where you listen to podcasts

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All My Relations


Hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) this podcast “explores indigeneity in all its complexity.” Episodes focus on issues such as DNA identity, appropriation, feminism, food sovereignty, gender, sexuality, and more while “keeping it real, playing games, laughing a lot, and even crying sometimes.” (approx. 1 hour episodes)

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Oklahoma To Incorporate 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Into Statewide School Curriculum 


On Point Radio host, David Folkenflik, interviews Tulsans about the 1921 “Black Wall Street” race massacre and recent efforts to integrate it into the Oklahoma education system (46 minute story)

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Black Like Me


Host Dr. Alex Gee “invites you to experience the world through the perspective of one Black man, one conversation, one story, or even one rant at a time.” (episode times vary)


Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? 


Here & Now host, Jeremy Hobson, explores with Edward Baptist, author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, how slavery established the United States as a world economic power. (15 minutes)

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You Cannot Divorce Race


On NPR Morning Edition,  Immigration journalist Rachel Martin, talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas for a response to a story in The Atlantic, written by David Frum, proposing the U.S. cut legal immigration by half. (6 minutes)

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The Sista Collective


Created and hosted by BBC producer, Jessie Aru-Phillips, each season showcases the depth of Black British talent. (approx. 1 hour per episode)



Alicia Garza: Ally or Co-Conspirator?

Jesenia Santana, of the NoVo Foundation, sat down with Alicia Garza to discuss her reflections and experiences in feminist movement-building and ending violence. (3 minutes)

I'm Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much 


TED Talk by comedian and journalist, Stella Young, who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn." (9 minutes)

How Can We Win 


Author Kimberly Jones gives a powerful, spontaneous, eloquent speech explaining in detail why this is happening (racism across 450 years) and the difference between protesting, rioting and looting in 2020. (7 minutes)

White Backlash Against Progress: The 3rd Reconstruction 


Reverend William Barber explains the challenges and opportunities in the 1st, 2nd, and now possibility 3rd reconstruction period. (7 minutes)

You Love Black Culture, but Do You Love Me? 


Powerful Beats By Dre spot challenging the appropriation of Black culture amidst ongoing lack of challenge to the racist systems that continue to oppress Black communities. (2 minutes)



Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z soundtrack set to rolling images and stories of Black entrepreneurs. (5 minutes)

Systemic Racism Explained 


Act.TV animated short illustrates how systemic racism affects every area of U.S. from incarceration to predatory lending, and how we can solve it. (4 minutes)

The American Lows, Excerpt 


Jacqueline Battalora talks about how white supremacy permeates all aspects of American society. (4 minutes)

Defund the Police 


Project Nia & Blue Seat Studios explain the racist origins of U.S. policing, and paint a vision for what shifting resources from police budgets to housing, food, and other basic life needs can look like. (4 minutes)

How 'White Fragility' Reinforces Racism 


Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains what white fragility is and how it functions. (5 minutes)

Not Everyone is Your Friend


Trent Shelton speaks to the negative pull we can feel from old friends when we try to spread our wings. (3 minutes each)

The Iroquois Influence on the Constitution


Host and producer of First Voices Indigenous Radio, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, explains the sequestering of two Iroquois chiefs to advise in the writing of the US Constitution. (4 minutes)

This Is Us


Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes)

Racism Is Real


A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes)

Confronting "Intergroup Anxiety": Can You Try to Hard to Be Fair?


Explores why we may get tongue tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 minutes)

I Didn’t Tell You


Ever wonder what a day in the life of a person of color is like? Listen to this poem, written and spoken by Norma Johnson. (7 minutes)

CBS News Analysis: Students May Be Miseducation About Black History


Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the US. (5 minutes)

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs


An Adam Ruins Everything episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)

New York Times Op-Docs on Race


Multiple videos with a range of racial and ethnic perspectives on the lived experience of racism in the US. (each video about 6 minutes)

White Bred


Excellent quick intro to how white supremacy shapes white lives and perception. (5 minutes)

What Kind of Asian Are You?


Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans (2 minutes)

What Would You Do?: Bicycle Thief Episode


ABC’s popular show explores the impact of racial and gender bias and prejudice at a family friendly park. Before this video, would you have anticipated this differential treatment?

The Difference Between Being Not Racist and Being Antiracist


CBS story that explains the meaning and importance of being antiracist versus not racist. (7 minutes)

How White Privilege Works | Unpack That


You don't have to be racist to have white privilege. The Root offers examples showing how it works. Real talk. (4 minutes)


I’ve Lived as a Man & a Woman – Here’s What I Learned 


TED talk by Paula Stone Williams about the surprising injustices she discovered in transitioning from a male to a female body. (15 minutes)

"We the People"– The Three Most Misunderstood Words in US History 


TED Talk by Mark Charles offers a unique perspective on three of the most misinterpreted words in American History and their connection to obstructing life, liberty, and justice for all people (17 minutes)

Munroe Bergdorf on Racism, Trans Activism and Acceptance 


English activist and model Munroe Bergdorf, known for speaking her mind on trans issues, racism and misogyny, talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about her own transition, the controversy that led to her being dropped by L'Oreal and why tolerance is not enough (38 minutes)

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States


Fernanda Ponce shares what she’s learning about the misunderstanding and related mistreatment of the incredibly diverse ethnic category people in U.S. call Hispanic. (12 minutes)

Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film and TV


Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about  media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)

The Urgency of Intersectionality


TED Talk by  Kimberlé Crenshaw that asks us to see the ways Black women have been invisibilized in the law and in media. (19 minutes)

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them


TED Talk by Vernā Myers, encourages work vigorously to counterbalance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)

Racial Wealth Gap


Vox Explained series episode digging into why measuring racial progress must include understanding the roots and dynamics of the Black/white racial wealth gap (16 minutes)


United Shades of America


Comedian and political provocateur, W. Kamau Bell, explores communities across America to understand the unique challenges they face. Multiple seasons and episodes of this CNN production explore timely and varied topics regarding race, white supremacy, and history. (1 hour episodes)



Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas uses his personal story to convey the internal and external impacts of the US’s broken immigration system. Also available on Amazon Prime (1 hour, 30 minutes)

*Rent or buy: Amazon Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube

Race In America: Fighting for Justice*


Bryan Stevenson interview with Washington Post columnist, Jonathan Capehart, delves into the state of US racism and racial justice as of October 2020 and explores the role of hope in staying the course. (1 hour)


*Subscription to Washington Post required

The Force*


A fly-on-the-wall look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to rebuild public trust. (1 hour, 32 minutes)


*Subscription to YouTube Movies & TV required

Why Racial and Ethnic Data on COVID-19’s Impact Is Badly Needed 


American Medical Association (AMA) April 2020 Live Stream with panelists from a diverse range of association leaders explain racial and ethnic healthcare barriers and equity approaches. (1 hour)

When They See Us*


Four-part Netflix series by Ava DuVernay about the wrongful incarceration and ultimate exoneration of the “Central Park Five.” (4 episodes, approx. 1 hour each)

*Watch on Netflix



Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

*Watch on Netflix

Slavery by Another Name


PBS documentary that challenges the idea that slavery ended with the emancipation proclamation. (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Unnatural Causes


Seven part documentary by California Newsreel that explores  the impact of racism on health and US healthcare. (4 hours total, episodes have varied lengths)

In The White Man’s Image


PBS documentary about the Native American boarding school movement designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.” (1 hour)

Race: The Power of an Illusion*


Film by California Newsreel exploring the biology of skin color, the concept of assimilation, and the history of institutional racism. (3 parts, 1 hour each)

*Watch on Vimeo

Includes episode excerpts

Who Killed Malcom X?*


Netflix series exploring the decades-long investigation into who was behind the assassination of Malcom X and the mis/reporting of it. (6 episodes, 40 minutes each)

*Watch on Netflix


Once people start to learn about white privilege and America’s systems of oppression through history, they often ask, “Why didn’t I see this sooner?” It’s easy to overlook what we’re not looking for. Once you understand the phenomenon of selective noticing, take yourself on a noticing adventure.

Test Your Awareness: Do the Test

Visual perception test to selective attention and cognitive flexibility.

Notice Questions

Short answer questions to help you notice what's going on around you.

Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist, Multicultural Institution 


Review continuum with a small group of people at your workplace, faith institution, club, or any organization you’re a part of and then answer short answer questions.



Follow racial justice activists, educators, organizations, and movements on social media. Consider connecting with any of the people or organizations you learn from other actions.


Widen your circle of who you follow and connect with the following resources.


Pro Tip: Check out who these organizations follow, quote, share, and retweet to find more people and organizations to follow.

National Center for Transgender Equality | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Movement for Black Lives | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Dream Defenders | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum: APIAHF | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
United We Dream | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
The Philanthropy Initiative | Twitter
National Congress of American Indians | Twitter | Facebook
Antiracism Center | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Audre Lorde Project | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Black Women’s Blueprint | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Color Of Change | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Colorlines | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
The Conscious Kid | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Families Belong Together | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Teaching Tolerance | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Colours of Us Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Anti-Defamation League | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Nonprofit AF | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Define American | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
AWARE-LA | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Privilege to Progress | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Black Minds Matter | Twitter
18MillionRising | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Black Voters Matter | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Teaching While White | Twitter | Facebook
White Nonsense Roundup | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Conversations with White People: Talking about race | Facebook
Race Forward | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Racial Equity Tools | Twitter | Facebook
1Hood Media | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
White Awake | Twitter | Facebook
The Transgender Training Institute | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


Engagement can be the hardest part for people new to racial justice work. Engaging in racially mixed settings can trigger age-old power and privilege dynamics. The goal is to be a learner, more than a know-er, exactly the opposite of what dominant US culture teaches us to be.


Enter the process to learn and bridge knowledge gaps.


Enter the process to practice mindful social habits like the ones below.


  • Work to stay engaged even when your mind and body start sending you signals to shrink or walk away.

  • Ask clarifying questions.

  • Acknowledge what you don’t know.

  • Validate others by listening closely and believing the truth and importance of what they are sharing.

  • Share airtime so that multiple perspectives are shared.

  • Step Up Step Back. If you are generally quiet, step up and practice speaking more. If you are generally a talker, practice stepping back and listening more.

  • Notice your biases and judgments as they arise. These are gold for you to excavate your subconscious!

  • Notice when you are uncomfortable. Reflect on why you’re uncomfortable and think about what you can do to build more emotional stamina in this area.

  • Honor confidentiality. Though you can share what you are learning in general terms, do not repeat stories in a way that can be traced back to the person who shared it.


Find a mentor within your own racial group to support and guide your growth.

• If you are white, join a Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) chapter in your area.

• Google who’s who in your area by typing in "Racial Justice” or “Anti-Racist/m” + name of city/town, organization, or sector. A few website visits, emails, and phone calls later, you’ll likely have an idea of how to get on the mailing of one or more organizations in your area who are addressing issues of power and privilege. Once you connect to one, it’s easy to connect to many!


Research racial justice speakers and see who might be coming to your local university, church, community center, or speaker series.


Take a course or workshop. Community Colleges and Adult Education Centers are a great place to find a course about social justice issues.


Though many people want to jump to action sooner instead of later, action without a vigorous self-education, self-reflection, and multiracial coalition can unexpectedly reproduce the very power and privilege dynamics we seek to interrupt. That said, sometimes acting immediately is called for. Welcome to the messy, imperfect world of challenging the status quo!


  • Invite friend(s), family, and/or colleagues to do the 21-Day Challenge with you.

  • Prepare yourself to interrupt racial jokes. Click HERE for some advice about how.

  • Interrupt the pattern of white silence by speaking openly with family, friends, and colleagues about what you’re doing and learning in the 21-Day Challenge.

  • Invite friend(s), family, and/or colleagues to join you for one or more of your daily “to-do’s” for a low-threshold invitation into the work and introduction to the 21-Day Challenge.

  • Find out if your school, workplace, or faith group has an Equity Committee. What can you learn from them? Are they open to new members? Join if you can. Support in other ways if you can’t.

  • Find organizations such as The Privilege Institute and other groups doing racial justice work and support them through donating your time, money, and other resources. Get involved!

  • Find a 21-Day Challenge group in your area and reach out to connect with, and perhaps, co-create a specific 21-Day Challenge in the future. Google “21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge + your state, region, or sector.”

When the status quo is blatantly racist, disrupt it. No matter how big or small put yourself out there to create change. No need to wait until you are comfortable disrupting; it may never get comfortable, though you will get better at managing discomfort. These actions are generally more successful when done in multiracial coalition. Examples from past participants include:

  • Demanding administration change the name of a dodge ball team from “The Cottonpickers”

  • Improving the representation of books in the library by raising funds and purchasing hundreds of new books

  • Conducting an equity audit within the organization

  • Creating learning communities to set goals, objectives, and action plans

  • Disrupting inappropriate language by offering alternative language you yourself are learning

  • Speaking, emailing, and posting about articles, blogs, movies, and this 21-Day Challenge that you find impactful.

Let people know you are not neutral!



Difficult emotions––such as shame and anger––though uncomfortable to feel, can guide you to deeper self-awareness about how power and privilege impacts you and the people in your life.

Reflecting and journaling enhances learning. By using a 21-Day Reflect tool each day, you discover how much you are actually understanding and making meaning. It helps you to transform your personal experience into a learning experience, and thus build your racial equity habits.


Disrupting white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression can be emotionally taxing and exhausting. You will need to fuel up to stay in the work. We offer ideas to explore through the link below.

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