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Book Launch—The Sum of Us

  • When
  • March 29, 2021
    3:00–4:30 p.m. (EDT)
  • Where
  • Live Stream
  • Speakers
  • Heather McGhee, Thomas Perriello, and Carmen Rojas
  • Programs
  • Open Society-U.S.
  • In partnership with
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation, Seattle Arts and Lectures

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 finds 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?

In her new book, The Sum of Us, McGhee marshals economic and sociological research to paint an irrefutable story of racism’s costs, but at the heart of the book are the stories of people yearning to be part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves. This heartfelt message from a Black woman to a multiracial America leaves us with a new vision for a future in which we finally realize that life can be more than a zero-sum game.


  • Heather McGhee


    Heather McGhee, an expert in economic and social policy, chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

  • Thomas Perriello


    Tom Perriello is executive director of Open Society-U.S.

  • Carmen Rojas


    Carmen Rojas is the president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and co-founder and former CEO of The Workers Lab.

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