21 Day Antiracism Challenge for Students
SEPTEMBER 21st - October 19th
You may have noticed 21-Day Antiracism Challenges emerging on many websites. Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., founder and director of the Privilege Institute created the first antiracism challengeand his work may be of interest to you as well.
In this student-specific challenge, we would like you to spend time examining yourself and everyday practices with an antiracist lens. Our hope is that you will take this opportunity to examine yourself, the history of racial justice in the state and the region, and consider ways you can be more inclusive.
Here’s how it will work.
Let us know you are participating, by registering here.
Each day, you are asked to complete one task with an antiracist lens. At the end of each week, we’ll ask you to share a brief reflection (25 words) on your experiences in a one-question survey. Please feel free to post about your experiences on social media sites using the hashtag #ETSUAntiracistChallenge. On the 21st day of the challenge, October 19th at noon, we’ll invite you to a 1 hour discussion so you can share your experiences with other students who have also been participating in the challenge.
Week 1: Learning about You
September 21: Reflect on yourself and why you have decided to take the 21 Day Antiracism Challenge. What values connect to your willingness to participate?
September 22: It’s National Voter Registration Day! Register to vote and/or make a plan to vote. Also, use the opportunity to learn more about the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
September 23: Visit Borchuck Plaza and learn about the students who integrated ETSU’s campus in the late 1950s.
September 24: Watch the Capture the Flag film and register to attend a panel discussion featuring the film makers.
September 25: Take one or more of Project Implicit's bias tests. The skin-tone, race, or weapons tests are a good place to start.
Week 2: Learing about Race and Racial Justice in Northeast Tennessee
September 29: Attend the Tuesday Talk on a hot button issue. Registration is required.
September 30: It's National Love People Day! Perform a random act of kindness or love.
October 2: Learn more about The Emancipator, the first American periodical to be dedicated exclusively to the issue of the abolition of slavery. It was published in Jonesborough, TN – just 7 miles from campus. You can read the first issue online.
Week 3: Learning about Race and Racial Justice in Appalachia
October 5: Listen to the album, Songs of Our Native Daughters, featuring ETSU alum Amythyst Kiah.
October 6: Learn about Race in Coal Country.
October 7: Visit the website of the Appalachian African American Cultural Center and read this New York Times article focusing on the Future of Black Appalachia.
October 8: Watch Coal Black Voices.
October 9: Watch We the People: The Three Most Misunderstood Words is US History.
Week 4: Using Your Voice
October 12: Read these Speak Up strategies from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Here you will learn strategies for responding to everyday bigotry.
October 13: Read or listen to one of the artifacts on Ibram X. Kendi’s website.
October 14: Visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s website.
October 15: Attend the talk by Eric Liu, author of "You are More Powerful than You Think."
October 16: ETSU’s Sherrod Library Faculty have put together some great antiracism resources. Visit the website and learn more about these resources. Select one of the texts on the site and read at least one chapter.
Week 5: Reflecting in Community
October 19: Attend one of two reflecting in community where you can share your experiences with others who will participate in the challenge. We’ll host one of these sessions at noon and another at 4:30 pm.