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The Cost of Racism for Everyone: A Conversation with Heather McGhee
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Join Heather McGhee for a conversation with HNU’s Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Sheila Smith McKoy about the topic of her upcoming book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. 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?

“Soaring Toward Justice” at Oakland’s Holy Names University

This event is part of Holy Names University’s “Soaring Toward Justice” speaker series, designed to encourage conversations about anti-racist action, diversity, and restorative justice with the goal of building campus and community stakeholder coalitions to actively co-create an anti-racist society.

About our speaker

Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. Her upcoming book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together is now available for pre-order 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.

For nearly two decades, Heather helped build the non-partisan “think and do” tank Demos, serving four years as president. Under McGhee’s leadership, Demos moved their original idea for “debt-free college” into the center of the 2016 presidential debate, argued before the Supreme Court to protect voting rights in January 2018, helped win pro-voter reforms in five states over two years, provided expert testimony to Congressional committees, including a Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 2017, and led the research campaigns behind successful wage increases for low-paid workers on federal contracts, as well as at McDonald’s, Walmart, and other chain retailers. Read full bio.

To register and access the event

To register for this event, click on “Register on Eventbrite” then find the green “Register” button on the event page. You will receive a confirmation with the Zoom link information via email.

Pre-order The Sum of Us from Oakland’s Marcus Books for a 10% discount

Event attendees may pre-order copies of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee from Marcus Books and receive a 10% discount by calling (510) 652-2344. In-store pickup and shipping are available.