Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Moved Online, Time Changed

Jan 12, 2022 | Arts, Community | 0 comments

Heather McGhee, author of “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs and How We Can Prosper Together” / Contributed photo

WESTPORT — Details for the Westport Library program celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday have been changed.

The 16th annual Westport event, featuring a talk by Heather McGhee, author of the bestselling, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs and How We Can Prosper Together,” will take place online only. There will be no in-person audience as originally planned.

To register to watch the event virtually, click here. There is no fee.

The time for the event also has been changed. It will start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, instead of the initially announced 3 p.m.

The decision to begin the program earlier was made to better accommodate all the elements planned for the event, according to a library spokeswoman.

In addition to McGhee’s remarks, there will be a recital by the Bridgeport Boys Choir and a dance performed by the Regional Center for the Arts.

The program is co-sponsored by the Westport Country Playhouse, TEAM Westport, the Westport-Weston Interfaith Council and the Westport-Weston Interfaith Clergy.

“The Sum of Us” was on The New York Times bestseller list and was considered for the National Book Award.  McGhee’s 2020 TED talk, “Racism Has a Cost for Everyone,” reached 1 million views after two months online.

McGhee also helped establish the think tank, Demos, serving four years as president. Under McGhee’s leadership, Demos advocated for debt-free college and argued before the Supreme Court to protect voting rights in January 2018. The group also helped win pro-voter reforms in five states over two years, and provided testimony to Congressional committees, including a Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 2017.

McGhee regularly appears on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” “Deadline White House” and “All In.” 

Anyone who placed a reservation to purchase McGhee’s book — $28/$36 with shipping — now wishing to cancel, should arrange for a refund with the organizers.

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