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BTG 32ND Annual Symposium

Heather McGhee, JD, is an educator, an activist, and the board chair of the of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. She has crafted legislation, testified before Congress and helped shape presidential campaign platforms. Her book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, spent 10 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. She regularly appears on NBC and MSNBC and contributes to the The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and other top media outlets. 


"The talk by Heather McGhee was an interesting close to the symposium and tied together a lot of what we learned through the internship program."

BTG Student Intern

BTG Student Storytelling Highlights

"The highlight of the symposium for me was seeing everyone's storytelling projects and learning about other groups' work through our breakout room sessions. There were so many different groups working on high-need missions. I felt very inspired after learning about them!"

BTG Student Intern

"Heather McGhee's presentation was thought-provoking and inspiring. The way she married storytelling and research on the impacts of structural racism was compelling and clearly showed how racism costs all of us. Heather encouraged me to keep pursuing the work of anti-racism and I look forward to reading her book and listening to the podcast to keep learning more."

BTG Symposium Guest

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