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DeRay Mckesson
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DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist, Black Lives Matter

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DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist and a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement. A former public school administrator and director of various education programs, Mckesson felt he could no longer keep silent after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. He’s since used social media apps like Twitter and Periscope to share his views on police discrimination against minority civilians and to show followers what it’s like to be in the front lines of protests around the country. He also cofounded the Protestor Newsletter and Campaign Zero to provide the public with resources for sparking policy change within their communities. In 2016, Mckesson ran for mayor of his hometown of Baltimore, but lost in the Democratic primary.

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