The ABA and other bar associations have joined the Bar Association of San Francisco‘s curriculum challenge, which originally began on June 17. This work is urgent (especially in the legal profession!), so expand your education and action now.
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THE 21-DAY CHALLENGE
The Bar Association of San Francisco has created a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge that the ABA and other bar associations have joined. As explained in the BASF press release, “BASF Leaders Circle firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein whose Employment Practice Group curated the syllabus for this challenge, following the model established by diversity expert, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.” Our thanks to the Hampden County Bar Association, through whom we learned of this initiative!
This is urgent work. The official challenge began on June 17 — but the goal is to build a habit of educating ourselves to take better action, and isn’t limited to a window of time. Get started with us here and find the rest on the BASF website.
Day 1: Nikole Hannah-Jones, America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One, The New York Times (Aug. 14, 2019)
Here is a pdf version of the article.
Day 2: How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a Racist, Longest Shortest Time Podcast
Day 3: Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic (May 21, 2014)
ADDITIONAL PERSONAL REFLECTION RESOURCES
Those committing to build a habit can find a few more resources for personal reflection below. Plan to continue following the work of authors and creators of the BASF challenge and below — buy their books, find and support them on Patreon, follow them on social media.
- Layla F. Saad, Me & White Supremacy
- Rachel Cargle, The Great Unlearn
- Leesa Renee Hall, 9 Reflective Writing Prompts to Explore White Fragility, Spiritual Bypassing or White Privilege
- Michelle Maldonado, A Guided Meditation for Turning Awareness into Action
- Chakita Sharnise, MSW, 7 Day Antiracism Challenge, with helpful email notifications and planner available
ADDITIONAL BOOK RESOURCES
While a week-long campaign to “Blackout the Bestseller List” by Amistad Books wrapped up on June 20, intentional effort to support Black authors can’t be limited to one week. Here are a few to make sure are on your (and your friends’ and family’s) shelves — but remember the problem with antiracism books is that antiracism requires action.
- Vernā Myers, What If I say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People (new to our Lending Library)
- Vernā Myers, Moving Diversity Forward: How To Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing (new to our Lending Library)
- Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race (now available in our Lending Library)
- Ibram X. Kendi, How To Be An Antiracist (available in our Lending Library, reviewed here)
- Rhonda V. Magee, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness
- Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
- Nell Irvin Painter, The History of White People
- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
- Catrice Jackson, White Spaces, Missing Faces: Why Women of Color Don’t Trust White Women (new to our Lending Library)
- Catrice Jackson, Antagonists, Advocates, and Allies: The Wake Up Call Guide for White Women Who Want to Become Allies with Black Women (available in our Lending Library)
For titles in our Lending Library: First, we encourage those who can afford to support these authors by purchasing the titles. Otherwise, email email@example.com if you’re interested in borrowing any.
UPCOMING on JULY 27! Critical Race Theory Summer School is in session or law firms, nonprofits, individual activists, and more from Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Devon Carbado, and Daniel Martinez HoSang will serve as faculty. Find more here.
Finally, the Resource Center for Confronting Racial Justice from the Conferences for Women features virtual programs to help you “educate yourself, develop your skills and do the hard work needed to make change in the workplace and in life.”