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DeRay Mckesson

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Peter Jennings Award

DeRay Mckesson (@deray) is a protestor. He was most recently the Senior Director of Human Capital with Minneapolis Public Schools and is a Teach For America alum, having taught 6th grade math in New York City. He has been documenting the events of Ferguson and protests nationwide via twitter (@deray) and is the Founder and Co-Editor of the Ferguson Protestor Newsletter. He also is a Co-Founder of WeTheProtesters.org, which serves as a portal for protesters nationwide related to activist resources, policy briefs, and actionable demands.

DeRay is an activist, organizer, and educator focusing primarily on issues impacting children, youth, and families. He has previously worked for the Harlem Children’s Zone, TNTP, opened an academic enrichment center in West Baltimore, and with Baltimore City Public Schools leading systemic human capital change.  DeRay graduated from Bowdoin College.


Posts by DeRay Mckesson

Education & Issues
By DeRay Mckesson
August 21, 2014
Ferguson wants blackness to be understood as complex, worthy, powerful, imaginative and gifted.