21 Day Equity Challenge

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The 21 Day Equity Challenge inspires discussion, action, and change in our community

Register now for the next challenge to begin on Saturday, June 19 (Juneteenth) using the form below.

The 21 Day Equity Challenge is 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. The daily prompts will raise your awareness, change your understanding and shift the way you think and behave.

Participation in activities like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and identify actionable ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. 

Questions? Email us at EquityChallenge@unitedwaygcr.org 

The Roots of Racism
A Virtual Conversation with Barbara Smith

Recorded Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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Barbara Smith

photo credit: Joanna Chattman.

Barbara Smith is an author, activist, and independent scholar who has played a groundbreaking role in opening up a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender.  She was among the first to define an African American women’s literary tradition and to build Black women’s studies and Black feminism in the United States.  She has been politically active in many movements for social justice since the 1960s.

She has edited three major collections about Black women including All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies (with Gloria T. Hull and Patricia Bell Scott, 1982) and Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, 1983.  She is co-author with Elly Bulkin and Minnie Bruce Pratt of Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism, 1984.  Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks with Barbara Smith was published by SUNY Press in 2014.

She was co-founder and publisher of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first U. S. publisher for women of color to reach a wide national audience.  She served two terms as a member of the Albany Common Council from 2006 to 2013.  From 2014 to 2017 she worked for the City of Albany helping to implement its first Equity Agenda. In 2005 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"The Problem Is White Supremacy," "The Boston Globe," June, 2020: https://bit.ly/SmithGlobeOpEd

"How to Dismantle White Supremacy," "The Nation," August, 2020: bit.ly/2G46ZH0

"What Joe Biden Should Say about White Supremacy," "The Boston Globe," November, 2020: https://bit.ly/32PEqp0

"White People Now Realize White Supremacy Is Coming for Them, "The Boston Globe," January, 18, 2021: https://bit.ly/3sEqppQ

About the 21 Day Equity Challenge

You, along with thousands of others in the Capital Region, committed to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism, bias, and other social inequities.  

  • Participants will receive a daily challenge via email or text that invites them to explore a topic and choose an interactive activity such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, watching a video, reflecting on personal experiences, and more.
  • The challenge runs 21 days beginning on Saturday, June 19. If you fall behind or miss a day, the links you receive will stay live and we will post all 21 days on this page so you are able to catch up or revisit a topic at any time. 
  • Capture your personal reflections and track your progress using this activity log
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United Way of the Greater Capital Region has adapted the 21 Day Challenge for New York’s Capital Region in collaboration with the many community partners.

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