DeRay Mckesson

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DeRay Mckesson (born July 9, 1985) is an American civil rights activist, podcaster, and former school administrator.[1] He is a founding supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. He has been active in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland and on social media such as Twitter and Instagram.

Mckesson has also written for HuffPost[2] and The Guardian.[3]

On February 3, 2016, Mckesson announced his candidacy in the for Mayor of Baltimore He finished with 3,445 votes (2.6%) placing sixth in the Democratic Party primary on April 26.[4]

Mckesson was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied at Bowdoin College. He is openly gay.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kang, Jay Caspian (May 4, 2015). "'Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us'". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  2. Mckesson, DeRay; Packnett, Brittany; Elzie, Johnetta (November 18, 2014). "An Open Letter From Ferguson Protesters and Allies". HuffPost. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  3. "Ferguson and beyond: how a new civil rights movement began – and won't end". The Guardian. 2015-08-09. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  4. Broadwater, Luke (February 3, 2016). "DeRay Mckesson files to run in Baltimore mayoral race". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  5. "DeRay Mckesson Wants You to Come Out of the Quiet". The Advocate. 2015-12-24. Retrieved 2016-02-08.