DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds honorary doctorates from The New School and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies that ensure equity. He has been praised by President Obama for his work as a community organizer, has advised officials at all levels of government and internationally, and continues to provide capacity to activists, organizers, and influencers to make an impact.
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Vested Interests: Why DeRay Mckesson Matters
The first time I sit down with DeRay Mckesson — the most followed activist in the Black Lives Matter movement — I am struck by his familiarity. This feeling of knowingness is unique to my generation: millennials who’ve grown up not only with the Internet but on the Internet, where our online selves — our avatars and selfies and tweets — take the lead.