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Calvary Young Adults Book Discussion: “The Sum of Us”

July 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Calling all Calvary Young Adults! Join us in reading and discussing The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee.

We will discuss the book on Thursday, July 8th at 6:00PM (Pacific Time) via Zoom, so young adults near and far are welcome!

REGISTER BELOW to attend the live event online! You will receive an email with a secure Zoom link a few days prior to the event.

Author 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?

About the Author:

Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. 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, and volunteers for numerous other boards in the fields of philanthropy and social justice. Heather graduated from Yale University and the University of California Berkeley School of Law, and has honorary degrees from Muhlenberg College and Niagara University. She lives in Brooklyn with her urbanist husband, a twenty year-old cat and a chatty toddler.

Questions, please contact Joann Lee at joannlee@calpres.org.


July 8, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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