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YWCA begins 21-day racial equity, social justice challenge

YWCA Metro St. Louis, YWCA Alton and the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis are sponsoring The Challenge, which encourages better understanding of the issues surrounding race, power, privilege and leadership, and to do so in a way that builds a habit of learning by stretching the experience over 21 days.

The free, virtual event kicked off Thursday with a Stand Against Racism town hall meeting on Zoom. Dr. Karla Scott, Saint Louis University professor and author of “The Language of Strong Black Womanhood: Myths, Models and Messages and a New Mandate for Self Care,” was the keynote speaker.

Information on The Challenge can be found at YWCA Metro St. Louis (

“Science tells us that it takes 21 days of doing something consistently to form a habit,” said Adrian Bracy, CEO of YWCA St. Louis. Participants will receive a task every day. A facilitated group discussion will take place every Friday to review the week’s materials.

Every week will focus on a different topic:

Week 1: The Value Gap

Week 2: Systemic Racism & Voting Laws

Week 3: The Racial Wealth Gap

Week 4: Disparities in HealthCare and Mental Wellness

The challenge wraps on Day 21 with a Disparities in Education Call to Action forum.

This event is sponsored by BJC HealthCare and Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery. For more information, visit: 21-Day Challenge for Racial Equity & Social Justice – YWCA Metro St. Louis (

The mission of YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA offers housing for homeless women; crisis intervention and rapid re-housing for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence; economic empowerment for single mothers; Head Start and Early Head Start; pregnant women services; teen leadership; and racial justice programs.

People needing help are encouraged to call the YWCA 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:  (314) 531-RAPE (7273).

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