Racial Justice Challenge

What is the Racial Justice Challenge?

The Racial Justice Challenge is a virtual learning tool designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, and encourage community-building and conversation on the four weekly topics:

  • Week One: Disability Rights
  • Week Two: Housing
  • Week Three: Music
  • Week Four: Mental Health

Our virtual challenge will begin on Monday, June 5th, and run through Friday, June 30th. There will be weekly virtual discussions, and an in-person kick-off event at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library on Thursday evening, June 1st.

The challenge starts June 5th!



What to Expect

After registering, simply download the app on your phone or device, or visit the website daily for links to articles, podcasts, short videos, and activities to learn more on each topic. Then share your thoughts and reflections in the app! There will also be weekly virtual discussions hosted by the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and ways to take action on the issues that affect our community both during the Challenge and beyond.

Mark Your Calendar: Community Kick-Off Event, Thursday evening June 1st, 6:00 p.m. at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Sherman Smith, Editor in Chief of the Kansas Reflector.

Panelists include:

Tonyce Jackson, Top City Step Team
Del-Metrius Herron, realtor and SENT Topeka Housing Committee

To get the most out of the Racial Justice Challenge, we encourage participants to think of this as more than an individual learning experience. We’re all on the learning journey together, and we can’t wait to get started on June 5th!


Join the Movement.

YWCA Northeast Kansas joins sister YWCAs across the country in hosting the Racial Justice Challenge. Join fellow members of the greater Topeka community in furthering our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We have been doing this work for over 130 years.

What Inspired YWCA’S Racial Justice Challenge

YWCA Northeast Kansas wants to thank and acknowledge Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick for their leadership in the field of racial equity as exhibited in their 21 Day Racial Equity and Habit Building Challenge and the movement they helped to initiate. The plan has been adopted by Organizations, Associations and Corporations all over the nation/world. Since 2022, YWCA’s content is independently designed, written, and curated by YWCA staff as part of racial equity and social justice programs offered to the community.