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Author Heather McGhee Coming to NCC for Black History Month

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Northampton Community College
Author Heather McGhee will visit Northampton Community College on Feb. 29

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Inequality in America and its impact on all people will be the focus of a discussion with a prominent Black author as part of Black History Month programming at Northampton Community College.

Heather McGhee will discuss her book, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We can Prosper Together," at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Bethlehem Campus' College Center, 3825 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

McGhee is the former president of the Demos, an organization that advocates for solutions pertaining to racial equality and economics and currently serves as board chairwoman of Color of Change, a racial justice online organization.

She released "The Sum of Us" in 2021.

The New York Times best-selling book was long-listed for a National Book Award and Andrew Carnegie Medal, and winner of the Porchlight Business Book award.

For her research, McGhee interviewed people from Maine to California about racism in U.S. politics and policymaking — and how it affects not only people of color, but white Americans, as well.

During the panel, she'll cite historic examples on how zero-sum thinking is holding back the collective economic progress of the country.

Zero-sum thinking is the notion that for one group to have a gain, another group must take a loss.

There also will be a question-and-answer session. A 30-minute reception will follow at 8 p.m.

The event is free to the public and also will be live-streamed.

For more information, go to NCC's website.