DeRay Mckesson talks education, equality, and mass incarceration.
Today’s high achiever is Deray McKesson. DeRay is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School.
DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero and OurStates.org, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, DeRay has become a key voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that have led to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. DeRay was named as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Important People On The Internet by Time Magazine in 2016.
IN THIS EPISODE DERAY SHARES:
- The difference between living your commitments and being committed to an idea
- What compelled him to drive from Minneapolis to Ferguson on August 16, 2014
- Why you can’t pour from an empty cup
- Movements grow slowly and you need to be methodical as you build
- How we can improve public education
- The difference between equality and equity
- You don’t need permission to do the work of social activism
- How to build a coalition
- Strategies for ending mass incarceration
- Why he started Pod save the People popdcast
- What black leader from the past he would like to meet
- How he built his Twitter account to over 1 million followers
- and more
“I’m excited about the work that lies ahead because I think that we can win.
“I went because I felt like it was the right thing to do.
“My goal was never to build a big following, my goal was to tell the truth.
“Freedom is not only the absence of oppression but the presence of justice and joy.
“It’s hard to fight for people that you aren’t close to, it’s hard to fight for issues that you don’t know.
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