Written by National Association of Women Judges|January 29, 2021|News
In honor of Black History Month, the National Association of Women Judges District 4 invites you to join us in the “21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge” hosted by the American Bar Association beginning on Monday, February 1, 2021. The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for racial equity. It transcends our roles as judges.
The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 short assignments, over 21 consecutive days that include readings, videos or podcasts starting on a date of your choice. It has been intentionally crafted to focus on the Black American experience. 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. This syllabus is but an introduction to what we hope will be a rewarding journey that extends far beyond the limits of this project.
The ABA's 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge concept was conceived 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. It is, of course, completely voluntary to do, 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 requirement to complete the assignments to participate and participants can opt-out at any point.
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