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Join FPL’s Racial Justice Journey for a Community Discussion of Heather McGhee’s Book

The Sum of Us:
What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Monday, November 28, 7:00 pm on Zoom 

CLICK HERE to register and receive the Zoom link.

Everyone is invited:  Read chapters 1 & 4, or just attend!

The Lincoln Library will have some copies of the book reserved for us.   The 20-minute video shown after church on October 30 provides outstanding background for the discussion. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

WHAT:  Explore ideas together including

  • How “zero sum thinking” leads to the persistence of racial inequities that affect us all
  • The concept of the “solidarity dividend”
  • How solving racism would affect us, now, and our children, later
  • How these concepts might affect our housing decisions here in Lincoln and Concord
  • And ones you bring up!  We are a community exploring together!

WHY: The Sum of Us shows the cost of racism for everyone—not just people of color—and offers us a road map for a better future for all of us.  The book has been called:

  • Deeply stirring
  • Compassionate
  • Required reading to move the country forward
  • Illuminating
  • Startling
  • Relevant to issues in our own community

Who is Heather McGhee?

  • An American analyst of social and economic policy
  • Former president of Demos, a New-York based progressive think tank
  • Graduate of Milton Academy, Yale University, and UC Berkeley Law School
  • Frequent guest on news programs or panels at institutions like the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics or The Boston Foundation

Read Chapters 1 “An Old Story, the Zero-Sum Hierarchy” and 4, “Ignoring the Canary”.


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