Welcome to the 10th week of The Challenge!

Our 18-Week Challenge gives us an opportunity to read articles, listen to podcasts, and view videos dealing with the roots of racial injustice, the systemic racist policies in our institutions, and our own misconceptions of racism. The Challenge creates a dedicated time and space for us to reflect on our own personal experiences, biases, and assumptions. Each week you will be sent a new prompt to explore.

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Week 10: October 23, 2020

Racism played an integral part in Chicago’s history and laid the groundwork for today's racial divide. In this week’s selection, Red Summer in Chicago: 100 Years After the Race Riots by NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates, we examine what could have been a pivotal event and a catalyst for social equity in Chicago. The short 4-minute listen and article that follows instead illustrates that without making systemic changes history repeats itself. 

As a reminder, next week there will not be a Friday Challenge instead please join us on October 29th when Linda Gartz, author of Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago will discuss her memoir and the impact of redlining. Click here https://ncjwcns.org/events/redlined/ for more information and to register for this free Zoom event and for links to purchase her memoir.

Post your reaction to this week’s prompt. Discuss it with other Challenge participants. Join our closed Facebook Group. Here’s how: Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/602463427350589, click join and answer the three membership questions.