A Distinguished Senior Fellow at the inequality-focused think tank Demos, Heather McGhee is a public policy expert who designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. Her forthcoming book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, explores the true cost of racism as the common denominator of our most troubling public problems, and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all.

McGhee will speak at the virtual 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Feb. 5 at 12:45 p.m. The MLK Convocation event is free, open to everyone, and will last about 60 minutes. Registration is requested online in order to obtain the streaming link.   

Students also will have an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with McGhee after her keynote presentation. This will be a 60-minute informal discussion shaped by the questions students pose. This discussion will be held Feb. 5 at 2 p.m..

Students who sign up and attend will be provided with a copy of McGhee’s book, The Sum of Us, when it is released later in February. To participate in this opportunity, students are asked to sign up via CampusGroups. A private Zoom link will be shared with registered students in a confirmation email.

For more information about the speaker, view a resource guide about Heather McGhee prepared by Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library.