The 21-Day Challenge at Heller

The Heller community is embarking on Dr. Eddie Moore’s 21-day Racial Equity Challenge in January 2021. Students can sign up for a pro-seminar from January 4-25, 2021, called “Racial Equity: Intersections of Race, Power, Privilege, Supremacy and Oppression," centering around Moore’s work while integrating lectures from Heller faculty. (Please email Sarah LaMorey (slamorey@brandeis.edu) for the proseminar syllabus to review course expectations and requirements.) Students can also participate at their own pace along with Heller faculty, staff and alumni.

The purpose of the 21-Day Challenge is to engage in deep reflection and practical thinking on how to integrate racial equity into your life and career. Every day, you will engage with an educational resource (such as an article, video or podcast), and take opportunities to reflect on the content. 

If you have questions, please contact Sarah LaMorey at slamorey@brandeis.edu.

Daily Readings and More:

This list is adapted from the American Bar Association's 21-day challenge syllabus based on 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge- Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.

Utilize this 21-Day Challenge Tracking Tool after engaging in materials daily.

Special thanks to Pierrce Holmes for curating additional items marked with an asterisk, including the Heller 21-Day Challenge Spotify Playlist.

  1. January 4: Nikole Hannah-Jones, America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One, The New York Times (Aug. 14, 2019); Hiram Revels: First African American Senator*
  2. January 5: How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a Racist, Longest Shortest Time Podcast; Talking to Kids About Protesting: 5 Things I Want My Kids to Know*
  3. January 6: Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic (May 21, 2014)
  4. January 7: 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); Your Silence Is a Knee on My Neck*
  5. January 8: Megan Ming Francis, Let's get to the root of racial injustice, TEDTalks (March 21, 2016); Gordon Parks: Photographer*
  6. January 9: 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.)
  7. January 10: 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); A Crooked Seat at the Table: Black and Alone in an Honors Class*
  8. January 11: 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); Asian Artists*; DEI Detours*
  9. January 12: "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); The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf | Grace Lin | TEDxNatick*; The Potato Chip Was Invented by a Black Man Named George Crum*
  10. January 13: 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; Frida Kahlo Art/Bio*; Latino/a artists*
  11. January 14: 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); Celebrating resilience - reframing the narrative around our students: Clint Smith at TEDxManhattan*
  12. January 15: 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); Brandeis Professor Chad Williams: Hip Hop History*
  13. January 16: 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); Marley Dias, educators and students talk Institutional Racism*
  14. January 17: 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; 10 Black Women Innovators and the Awesome Things They Brought Us*
  15. January 18: Anita Hill's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Talk: Register in Advance; Peggy McIntosh, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege; Why Some Parents Don't Come to School*
  16. January 19: 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)
  17. January 20: 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)
  18. January 21: Sam Dylan Finch, 9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive, Everyday Feminism (May 29, 2017)
  19. January 22: 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)
  20. January 23: 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)
  21. January 24: 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)

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