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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Racism; Racial Discrimination; Economic Inequality; Activism; Civil Rights; Human Rights; American History; United States of America

Heather McGhee (Author; Distinguished Lecturer of Urban Studies, School of Labor and Urban Studies, City University of New York)

September 12, 2023

Advisor: Manoj Thadhani, NHC Teacher Advisory Council

How can we calculate the real, lived costs of racism? Who is harmed? And is it possible for us to change things for the better?

In this webinar, Heather McGhee will discuss the research she conducted and the ideas that inform her New York Times bestseller, The Sum of Us, which examines how racism affects and harms all of us. She also optimistically recommends concrete ways we can face racism and the costs it extracts head-on, together. In her book, now adapted for young readers, McGhee draws on her expertise in economic policy, lessons learned from her work at a think tank, and insights from her travels around the country talking to everyday Americans fighting for a more just and inclusive society.

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