21 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge

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What is the Challenge?

The 21 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge is a virtual learning tool designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Discover how racial justice and social injustice impact your communities, connect with one another, and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination in our daily Challenge emails.

Our next Challenge begins Monday, April 17 and will run through Monday, May 15. 

Please fill out the brief form to register for our 21 Day Challenge e-mail list.  By signing up, you will also receive monthly Continuing the Challenge emails that offer resources and education on timely social justice topics.  ***For 21 Day Challenge recipients outside of the U.S., please put 11111 in the zip code box. Thank you!

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***For 21 Day Challenge recipients outside of the U.S., please put 11111 in the zip code box. Thank you!


During disability week we will cover the history of Eugenics, the Disability Rights Movement, the intersection of race, gender, and disability, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Learn how redlining continues to impact communities, who can access housing, and how racism, homophobia, and transphobia have become a driver of homelessness and its criminalization.


Drawing on the exhibits and stories in the African American Music Museum and County Music Hall of Fame, we’ll talk about the legacy of musician activists, racism in the music industry, cultural appropriation, how music pushes against gender stereotypes, and access to music education.


Dive into how psychology has been used as a tool of marginalization, access to mental healthcare, and discrimination’s impact on mental health outcomes.

You will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us learn how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into anti-racism and social justice work.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee offers facilitated conversations on racial justice and equity for any organization or group that participates in the 21 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge. If you or your organization would like to have a facilitated conversation, please contact our Senior Manager of Social Justice & Advocacy at: stephen.watts@ywcanashville.com








The 21-Day Equity Challenge was created by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. (#BlackMind) and co-developed with Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick (#DiverseSolutions). The plan has been adopted by Organizations, Associations and Corporations all over the nation/world. Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. is the Director of the Privilege Institute in Green Bay, WI. Dr. Moore created the Challenge to not only help people better understand issues surrounding equity, inclusion, privilege, leadership and supremacy, but also to do so in a way that would build a habit of learning by stretching it over 21 days. We are excited to be offering you this 21-Day Challenge in partnership with Dr. Moore. As you engage in the various activities over the next 21 days, be sure to tag, comment, and follow (1) 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge | Facebook .

We want to thank Food Solutions New England for inspiring this initiative and adapting an exercise from Dr. Moore and Irving’s book into the interactive 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014. We also want to thank YWCA Greater Cleveland for generously allowing us to adapt their project for our local association.

Click here to view our wrap-up report on our first-ever 21 Day Challenge that began in July 2020. 


Click here to access the Aspen Institute’s Structural Racism Glossary.

If your company is interested in sponsoring the 21 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge, please contact jennifer.zehnder@ywcanashville.com.  If you would like to make a donation to support our racial equity and social justice work, please click here or the button below.

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2020 Racial Justice Challenge - Week 1 - Voting

Week 2 - Education

Week 3 - Criminal Justice

Week 4 - Public Health