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New Study Starting September 16!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Sum of Us: What Racism Cost Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

We invite you to join our eclectic group as we begin our 2nd year. We gather on Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. on Zoom.

  • To educate ourselves, 
  • To become anti-racist allies, 
  • To question the status quo, 
  • To expand our thinking, 
  • To challenge the indifference, 
  • So we can do better. 

On Thursday, September 16, we will begin a New Study of the book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Cost Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. (Book Reviews below)

Contact Lynn Leitzen ( for more information. 


‚ÄčNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
“Required reading to move the country forward . . . Every so often a book comes along that seems perfectly timed to the moment and has the potential to radically shift our cultural conversation. [The Sum of Us] is one of those books. . . . It is a sometimes angry or frustrated book, rooted in McGhee’s long career at Demos trying and mostly failing to secure legislation that would benefit the public. But in the end, it’s a hopeful book because McGhee’s vision is so clear and so convincing.”— Chicago Tribune

“Illuminating and hopeful . . . McGhee isn’t a stinging polemicist; she cajoles instead of ridicules. She appeals to concrete self-interest in order to show how our fortunes are tied up with the fortunes of others. ‘We suffer because our society was raised deficient in social solidarity,’ she writes, explaining that this idea is ‘true to my optimistic nature.’ She is compassionate but also clear-eyed, refusing to downplay the horrors of racism. . . . There is a striking clarity to this book; there is also a depth of kindness in it that all but the most churlish readers will find moving.” — Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times