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Heather McGhee and the cover of her book 'The Sum of Us'
Change Starts Here: 'The Sum of Us' with Heather McGhee
Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? Join Heather McGhee, the Foundation's inaugural Fair and Just Fellow, as she shares her powerful exploration of inequality and racism in her new book 'The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.' 'The Sum of Us' is a brilliant analysis of how our nation arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal.

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May 11, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Brooklyn Community Foundation
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Heather McGhee
Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. Her new book, 'The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together' is now available from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Her 2020 TED talk, “Racism Has a Cost for Everyone” reached 1 million views in just two months online. In the coming year, she will launch an original podcast on how to create cross-racial solidarity in challenging times. Heather has testified in Congress, drafted legislation, and developed strategies for organizations and campaigns that won changes to improve the lives of millions. For nearly two decades, she helped build the non-partisan "think and do" tank Demos, serving four years as president. Through her regular media appearances, she elevates the concerns of working families on programs including NBC’s “Meet the Press”. She is the chair of the board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization.