DeRay McKesson Appears on Colbert to Talk White Privilege, Activism

TFA alums Brittany Packnett and DeRay McKesson continue to be an essential part of the public dialogue about race and education, and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, DeRay appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nearly 18 months ago, in the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Teach For America alumni DeRay McKesson and Brittany Packnett stood with educators, activists, and grassroots organizers to advance a broad movement for racial equality and justice.

Brittany and DeRay’s work earned them both the 2015 Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership, presented annually to TFA alumni whose work has led to transformational change during the previous year.

The two leaders continue to be an essential part of the public dialogue about race and education, and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, DeRay appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He talked about Campaign Zero, an activist collective with a platform to end police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the need to examine and dismantle white privilege.

Watch his appearance below.

“You may be surprised that we’re still here,” Brittany recently wrote in TIME. She describes the continued urgency in the fight for racial justice and four ways the public can help “uproot the tree” of systemic oppression and racism in this country. Read more at “Black Lives Matter Isn’t Going Anywhere.”

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