“To bring about change, you must first not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.” -Rosa Parks

Welcome to Day 1 of the 20-day Reconciliation Community Challenge; we are so excited that you are part of this journey with us. Please remember your survey answers that set your intentions and goals for the challenge.

We cannot cease in confronting our country’s history of discrimination, inequality, disparities and the likes. It is time for us to take a closer look at these that are deeply rooted in our systems and institutions and work together to create a world where every individual has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of race, gender, religion, and identity. Over the next 2o days, we will explore difficult topics, like structural racism, educational inequities, and privilege, to open up dialogue on how we can be champions of reconciliation in our personal and professional lives.

We want to acknowledge the supporters of the 20-day Reconciliation Community Challenge which was envisioned by Pastor Undra Parker. The presenters of this Challenge include: Pastor Rick Benjamin, Pastor Criss Mitchell, Dr. Randy Covington, Judge Pamela Washington, Dr. Jeff Anderson, Pastor Dave Kuiper, Reverend Michael Burke, Dr. Joel Kiekintveld, Chaplain Marlene Watson, Dr. Patricia Wilson-Cone, Mr. Bill Oberly, Mr. Mark Johnson, Pastor Yolanda Jackson, Pastor Tommy Leonard. Together, they share a wealth of knowledge and information that will help all of us listen, learn, and understand the ways prejudice, preference, privilege, and presumptions appear in our lives every day. They will then help lead us make positive change in our community, state, and the world.

WELCOME TO THE CHALLENGE!

Watch the film Coded Bias. by M.I.T. Media Lab computer scientist Joy Buolamwini and her Algorithmic Justice League, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life. (This is the full film of 1:25:25 minutes). Watch at your leisure.

Go deeper and take Project Implicit’s Hidden Bias tests created by psychologists at top universities, to uncover some of your own unconscious biases. Remember, having biases doesn’t make you a bad person—it only makes you human.

TIP: Proceed as a guest to access their library of tests and find out your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, skin tone, and other topics.