DeRay McKesson, Baltimore mayoral candidate and Black Lives Matter activist

DeRay McKesson, a candidate for mayor of Baltimore and major figure in the Black Lives Matter Movement, will speak on campus. McKesson, who has been interviewed by Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah, is an organizer, activist and educator focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. He has served as an educator, student leader, and founding director of an after-school/out-of-school program.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families for over 15 years. Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, DeRay has become a leading voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that lead to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations.

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 4:30pm

Hill Hall, Room 108

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