DeRay Mckesson

Fall 2016 Resident Fellow

Black Lives Matter Activist, Organizer and Educator

Office Hours | Mondays, 12 - 4 pm. Sign up here.

Seminar Information | "Making Black Lives Matter," Mondays at 4:30 - 5:45 pm starting 10/3. Most seminars are at the IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn Ave. Learn more.



DeRay Mckesson is a prominent activist within the Black Lives Matter movement and a leading voice against police violence. Known for his social media prowess, Mckesson has been in the public eye since the August 2014 protests in Ferguson when he began speaking out against excessive use of force by police and advocating for reform. Since then, he has grown his Twitter following to more than 500,000 and in 2015 he co-founded Campaign Zero, a comprehensive platform to end police violence. Recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World's Greatest Leaders in 2015, Mckesson previously worked as a top human resources administrator in the public schools in Baltimore and Minneapolis. A Baltimore native, Mckesson graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007.