20 Facts About DeRay Mckesson


DeRay Mckesson was born on July 9,1985 and is an American civil rights activist, podcaster, and former school administrator.


DeRay Mckesson is currently part of Crooked Media and hosts Pod Save the People.


On February 3,2016, DeRay Mckesson announced his candidacy in the 2016 Baltimore mayoral election.


DeRay Mckesson is the author of On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, a memoir about his life and time as a Black Lives Matter organizer.


DeRay Mckesson was an organizer in Baltimore City as a teenager, notably as the Chairman of Youth As Resources, Baltimore's youth-led grant-making organization.


DeRay Mckesson then went on to Bowdoin College, where he was president of the student government.


DeRay Mckesson graduated in 2007 with a degree in government and legal studies.


DeRay Mckesson later worked as special assistant in the office of human capital with the Baltimore City Public Schools, for the Harlem's Children's Zone, and as a human resources official at Minneapolis Public Schools.


DeRay Mckesson has been criticized by some public education advocates for his involvement in Teach for America and for his support for charter schools.


DeRay Mckesson first drove from Minneapolis to Ferguson on August 16,2014.


DeRay Mckesson began spending all his weekends and vacations in St Louis.


On March 4,2015, DeRay Mckesson announced via Twitter that he had quit his job at Minneapolis Public Schools and had moved to St Louis.


In June 2015, DeRay Mckesson was the focus of a Twitter campaign while he was in Charleston, South Carolina to protest the Charleston church shooting.


In February 2016, DeRay Mckesson announced his candidacy for Mayor of Baltimore just before the filing deadline.


On July 9,2016, in the aftermath of the shooting of Alton Sterling, DeRay Mckesson took part in a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


DeRay Mckesson was released the next day after being charged with obstruction of a roadway, and charges were later dropped.


In 2016, DeRay Mckesson appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to have a dialogue about race and education.


DeRay Mckesson voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary of the 2016 election, and voted for Hillary Clinton in the general election.


In 2017, DeRay Mckesson launched the Pod Save the People podcast, discussing news, culture, social justice, and politics with co-hosts Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Samuel Sinyangwe, Dr Clint Smith, and guests.


In 2018, a portrait of DeRay Mckesson was created for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.