How the Heck Are We Gonna Get Along
March 12, 2021
In This Episode:
2021 has ushered in a new era in politics, but has it done the same for our race relations? Effective solutions have been hard to come by, even when our country is more desperate for them than ever. So Clay speaks with Board Chair of Color of Change, Heather McGhee about her book, “The Sum of Us” to find out if her plans will give us the benefits of a solidarity dividend from being united as one people. If done right– it could be how we finally get along!
Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. Her new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together is now available 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. 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.
Get more from Heather McGhee: Twitter | Website | Facebook | Instagram |@ColorofChange| Author of “The Sum of Us”
Clay Aiken has sold 6 million albums, authored a New York Times bestseller, and ran for Congress in North Carolina in 2014 almost unseating a popular Republican incumbent.
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