A Conversation with Civil Rights Activist DeRay Mckesson ’07

DeRay Mckesson

February 23, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. EST

On November 2, 2020, the US Supreme Court handed down a 7-1 decision in DeRay Mckesson’s favor stemming from a Black Lives Matter rally he attended after the murder of Sterling Brown by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in July 2016. Join us as DeRay speaks to the Bowdoin community about the case, the police reform movement, his experience as a Black Lives Matter organizer and leader, and his path from Bowdoin. Q&A to follow.

DeRay Mckesson ’07 rose to national prominence in the Black Lives Matter movement beginning with the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was killed by police. The former math teacher and school administrator is the author of last year’s On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, and he continues his activism with his podcast, “Pod Save the People,” with Campaign Zero, an organization focused on policy solutions to end police brutality in America, in his role as Director of the Council on Criminal Justice Task Force on Policing, and speaking engagements across the country. To learn more about DeRay, visit deray.com and read Bowdoin Magazine’s recent interview Hope the Hard Way.