21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©

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"There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made by the hands of individuals." – Winona LaDuke

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Fall 2023 Version: Crisis and Opportunity

As we developed this challenge, we struggled with feelings of overwhelm. The pile up of crises confronting us these days is vast and steep. Where do we, as justice seekers, begin when so much uncertainty is bubbling on so many fronts?

Rapidly changing technology, starting with the unknown impacts artificial intelligence (AI) will bring, is just one piece of the rapidly shifting puzzle. Climate change is wreaking havoc on community infrastructure, housing, food supply, water supply, power demands, and personal safety around the world, none feeling it more than populations already marginalized by inequitable systems. The seeming diminishment of democracy in the US and rise of visible white supremacy, though not new to the country, can feel unprecedented and treacherous to those of us who haven’t been here before. What is new is the threat of climate change and AI to worsen the inequities and fear-based mindsets left to us by prior generations.

What we do know is that cutting through misinformation and seeking voices and perspectives from multiple lived experiences and knowledge bases is one way to stay in reality with one another. We embrace the Chinese philosophy (Wei Ji 危机) that tells us opportunity arises from crisis, understanding that the unraveling of any status quo is an opportunity to think, act, and create in new ways.

Now is the time to voice and live into our values of dignity, fairness, and love for all and make course corrections in the unjust attitudes, behaviors, systems, and structures that got us here. Below are resources we’ve curated to support ourselves and you as we continue to show up for justice, despite the uphill battles, despite the noise. All human beings deserve to live free from fear, with dignity, and with the belief that their voice matters.

Image is in the style of a blackboard with the words "the time is now" in white chalk, and the "o" in "now" a stopwatch

Choose one activity per day...

...to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.


Encounter new writers and ideas from a range of media sources.


Listen in on the kinds of open, honest conversations that too many of us avoid having.


Watch and learn. We’ve offered everything from short videos to full-length films.


Dive in to resource-rich websites that can inspire and educate you.


Why didn’t I see this sooner? It’s easy to overlook what we’re not looking for.


Follow Racial Justice activists, educators, and organizations on social media.


Engage in racially mixed settings. Be a learner more than a knower.


Flex your skills. Take action to interrupt power and privilege dynamics.


If you have young people in your life, integrate these resources to share and have conversations around.


Reflect on what you choose to do, what you’re learning, and how you are feeling.

Stay Inspired

Create a Soundtrack-4-Justice playlist that fuels you and/or can serve as a conversation starter with people of all ages.

Shoulders We Stand On

Tap into the wisdom of justice educators and activists who've helped us get to where we are now. Here are just a few.

Tips For Success

Organizational leaders, jump to #6 for inspiration

  1. Individuals, start by choosing which tracking tool works for you.
  2. Check out our recommended Day #1 activity to help you think about the connection between comfort level and learning.
  3. Diversify your habits. The tracking chart encourages you to use resources across our many categories.
  4. Some resources are on subscription platforms. If you come upon a resource on a for-fee platform you don't have, just skip past it. We’ve loaded the challenge with free resources with that barrier in mind.
  5. You can do the challenge alone, though we strongly recommend doing it with friends and family, or organization-wide. Antiracism work is relationship work and this is a great tool to deepen relationships old and new.
  6. Click HERE to get inspired by seeing how institutions are adapting the challenge to meet their specific social justice focus
  7. Like our Facebook page. Use it to get ideas as well as share your 21-Day experience with the 21-Day community.
  8. Stay tuned for 21-Day swag and Moore!
  9. Repeat the plan annually! One-and-dones have no place in the ongoing process to create life, liberation, and justice for all.

If you want to stay connected, email 21daychallenge@theprivilegeinstitute.com. We'd love to know how it went for you and your group! 

Thank you for taking on the challenge. We’ll be right here with you, challenging ourselves daily!

Peace and blessings,
The 21-Day Team
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Debby Irving, Dr. Marguerite W. Penick, Cynthia Pesantez, Ashleigh Graham