21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©


There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
- James Baldwin

Northeastern Law’s Alumni/ae Association invites all graduates to join its 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. The 21-Day Challenge concept was conceived in 2014 by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. Moore has shared and encouraged others to use his concept as an educational tool and has generously given Northeastern Law permission to build upon his framework.

The Challenge kicks off on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the first day of Black History Month. The format developed by the American Bar Association has been modified to include readings, viewings and listenings developed by Northeastern. The goal of the Challenge is to help participants become more aware, compassionate, constructive and engaged in their quest for racial equity.

The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 short assignments, typically taking 15-30 minutes, over 21 consecutive days, that include readings, videos or podcasts. The syllabus has been 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.

Use our tracking chart to stay on course. You can access a digital version here and copy it for editing.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is the registered copyright of America & Moore, LLC, 2014.


Day 1
February 1, 2022 | Video

This CBS segment, highlighting the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project’s work with the family of Georgia lynching victim Lent Shaw, includes interviews with Professor Margaret Burnham and Melissa Nobles, dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and one of CRRJ’s close collaborators. (April 12, 2018)

Day 2
February 2, 2022 | Podcast

Day 3

February 3, 2022 | Reading

Day 4 

February 4, 2022 | Reading

Day 5

February 5, 2022 | Video

Megan Ming Francis, “Let's Get to the Root of Racial Injustice,” TEDTalks (March 21, 2016).

Day 6

February 6, 2022 | Video

Featuring the work of Northeastern University School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), "The Trouble I've Seen" follows the investigations of three harrowing civil rights cold cases. Founded by Professor Margaret Burnham, CRRJ takes on cases that both horrify us and beg us to correct the record, to search for reconciliation and remediation for families and communities that even decades later shudder in the shadows of bigotry and injustice. Narrated by Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP. (2013)

Day 7

February 7, 2022 | Reading

Day 8

February 8, 2022 | Reading

Day 9

February 9, 2022 | Reading

Day 10

February 10, 2022 | Podcast

NUSL Women in the Law 2021 Podcast, Episode 3: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Featuring the Honorable Victoria Roberts, Michele Coleman Mayes, Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson and Su Joun.

Day 11

February 11, 2022 | Reading

Day 12

February 12, 2022 | Reading and Video

Day 13

February 13, 2022 | Reading

Day 14

February 14, 2022 | Podcast

Day 15

February 15, 2022 | Reading

Day 16

February 16, 2022 | Reading and Video

Day 17

February 17, 2022 | Reading

Day 18

February 18, 2022 | Reading

Day 19

February 19, 2022 | Reading and Video

Day 20

February 20, 2022 | Reading

  •  “Colorism,” National Conference for Community and Justice Bulletin.

Day 21

February 21, 2022 | Reading and Podcast

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