Melanie Lockett, Chair, Minorities in the Profession Committee, and Dalton Courson, Chair, Civil Rights Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association encourage our members to participate in the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.
The Challenge is a collection of articles, video and audio clips, and exercises that address issues of racial inequity. Originally prepared by attorneys at the Lieff Cabraser firm in San Francisco, the Challenge has been adopted by other U.S. law firms, bar associations, and corporate in-house counsel departments.
The Challenge is not meant to substitute for a thorough examination of all issues of racism, but we hope that by participating in the Challenge you will gain a greater understanding of systemic challenges faced by African-Americans in our community.
Friday, June 19 marks the celebration of Juneteeth, a day for remembrance and celebration of the emancipation from slavery in the United States. (To learn more about Juneteenth, see Henry Louis Gates, Jr., What is Juneteenth?, PBS, https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/ (last visited June 18, 2020).) We felt that Juneteenth could serve as a timely kickoff for the Challenge. While the Challenge was designed to be completed over a three-week period, we encourage you to feel free to tailor your review of the materials to accommodate your own schedule.
As you review the materials, we invite you to share with us and your colleagues what you have learned. If your review of these materials yields ideas for committee projects or programming, please feel free to share those ideas as well. We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you find the Challenge illuminating.