21-Day Challenge


Many Americans are feeling racial tension, anger, and pain. The news has plenty of examples of racial injustice. Across the country and throughout this nation’s history, millions more who are not in the daily headlines know the pain and the fear of having routines of daily life curtailed by racism and injustice, not to mention their hopes and dreams.

This is nothing new. If we’re honest we’ve lived with these events all our lives. Most of us can admit we’ve lived within a system of racism our whole lives. 

We can do better and we hope the church wants to do better. Many of Pastor Stephen's ministry colleagues and friends who are black have said that they are tired and done with trying to convince white churches that there is a problem. They are in pain and feel that the church as a whole could be a force for good and change if it really wanted to. They point to societal transformation the church has accomplished in the past and is still affecting today. They wonder why the same energy can’t be put into the problem of racism. 

Join Derry Church as we journey together to learn more about issues of race and racism in this country and how we can be a force for antiracism in our community and world. We borrow this 21-Day Race Equity Challenge from Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. 

Pick one of the resources listed below every day for 21 days.

Diversify your understanding by doing some of each.

Track and reflect by using the planning tool in the sidebar.

Share your reflections on Zoom 11:45 am Sundays, June 7-14-21-28. Meeting ID is in the weekly eNews or contact Pastor Stephen.

Pray for the places you are challenged and for those you are learning about whose lives may be different than yours.



This is Us, Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes)

Racism is Real, A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes)

Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair? Explores why we may get tongue tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 minutes)

CBS News Analysis: 50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America’s past, Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (5 minutes)

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)

What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 minutes)

Birth of a White NationKeynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)

13th, Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward themTED Talk by Vernā Myers, encourages work vigorously to counter balance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)

The danger of a single story, TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche, offers insight to the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is. (18 minutes)

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time, TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores patterns revealing our racist framing, language, and behaviors. (10 minutes) 

Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film And TV, Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about  media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)  

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States, Fernanda Ponce shares what she’s learning about the misunderstanding and related mistreatment of the incredibly diverse ethnic category people in U.S. call Hispanic. (12 minutes) 

Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call  (3 minutes)

Being Anti-Racist: A Primer from the Synod of Mid America PCUSA. (10 minutes)

The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 Emory Associate Professor of African American Studies, Carol Anderson, discusses the little known or taught Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. (5 mins)

BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee's 2018 award-winning film about Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department who bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. (2 hours, 15 minutes)

The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery  Rev. Otis Moss III delivers a sermonic movie, preaching a requiem for Ahmaud Arbery, "A young man just shy of his 26th birthday stepped out into the sun and ran for the final time upon this earth . . ." (23 minutes)

Ibram X Kendi on the difference between "antiracist" and "not racist."  CBS This Morning segment explains that what we need to do first is re-examine what it means to be "not racist" and strive instead to be "antiracist." (5 minutes)

Systemic Racism Explained Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US, from incarceration rates to predatory loans. Trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it. (5 minutes)

How We Can Make Racism a Solvable Problem -- And Improve Policing  In an April 2019 TED Talk, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff shares his work at the Center for Policing Equity, an organization that helps police departments diagnose and track racial gaps in policing in order to eliminate them. (12 minutes)

Anti-Racism Educator Jane Elliott: ‘There’s Only One Race. The Human Race'  Known for her “blue-eyed, brown-eyed” experiment, where she ran her class as though the children with brown eyes were superior to children with blue eyes, educator Jane Elliott has spent the last 50 years fighting racism. (4 minutes)

How to Raise Kids to be Anti-racist and Talk to Them about Racism  CBS News contributor Ibram X. Kendi's upcoming book "Antiracist Baby" is about raising anti-racist kids. He shares how to talk to your kids about racism amid the protests over police brutality. (5 minutes)

KidLit4BlackLives Rally took place on June 4, 2020. Led by Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jason Reynolds, the Rally featured inspiring words, music, and numerous calls to action in support of equity and justice. (2 hours, 15 minutes)



10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schoolsby Jamie Utt

21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis, by Heben Nigatu

Climbing the White Escalator, by Betsy Leondar-Wright

Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person, by 

Guide to AllyshipCreated by Amélie Lamont

It’s Not Just the South: Here’s How Everyone Can Resist White Supremacyby Sarah van Gelder

Making America White Again, by Toni Morrison

Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap, by Amy Traub, Laura Sullivan, Tatjana Mescheded, & Tom Shapiro

What White Children Need to Know About Raceby Ali MIchael and Elenora Bartoli

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh  

Presbytery of Charlotte letter from Antiracism Team

My President Was Black, by  Ta-Nehisi Coates

Caught Up In God, by Willie James Jennings

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?, by Ibram X Kendi

Trouble the Narrative There is a common narrative that the civil rights movement succeeded through only non-violent protest. But we need to trouble that narrative. By Austin Channing Brown.

Statement  by Union Presbyterian Seminary President Brian K. Blount on the death of George Floyd.

Here's Why It Hurts When People Say, "All Lives Matter" A national youth advocate and educator explains why mattering means so much to black Americans. By L-Mani S. Viney. 

The American Nightmare  To be black and conscious of anti-black racism is to stare into the mirror of your own extinction. By Ibram X. Kendi

American Racism: We’ve Got So Very Far to Go  Why is it still so hard to have a truly respectful, decent, and humble dialogue about race, perhaps the most complicated and contentious issue in American life? By David French

A Pastoral Letter by Nadia Bolz Weber

I was a Police Chief Stopped by My Own Officer. After Floyd, We Need Change at All Levels by Isaiah McKinnon

Ibram Kendi, One of the Nation's Leading Scholars of Racism, Says Education and Love are Not the Answer



Code Switch, hosted by journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

Black Like Me, host Dr. Alex Gee 

Scene on Radio – Seeing White Series, host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika 

TED Radio Hour – Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health? host Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University 

Here & Now – Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? host Jeremy Hobson and author Edward Baptist

NPR Morning Edition – You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration journalist Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

Pod Save the People, Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson

On Being: Notice the Rage, Notice the Silence Krista Tippett interviews therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem, who is working with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word “race.” 

On Being: Isabel Wilkerson, This History is Long; This History Is Deep  Krista Tippett interviews the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, who shares stories of the Great Migration, the movement of six million African Americans to northern US cities in the 20th century.



Test Your Awareness: Do The Test, This video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.

Use each question below separately as one day’s challenge.

  • Who is and is not represented in ads?
  • What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors?
  • What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
  • Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world?  Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?