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DeRay Mckesson: Power of the People

  • Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

DeRay Mckesson, Host of "Pod Save the People", Civil Rights Activist and Organizer

Dan Pfeiffer, Co-host of "Pod Save America"; CNN Contributor; Former Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications for President Barack Obama — Moderator

DeRay Mckesson has become one of the most recognizable faces in the fight for racial and social equality through his work as one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter.

Mckesson leverages his extensive social media network to encourage others to speak out online and to turn out in the streets in protest of police brutality. His work has inspired people from Ferguson to Baton Rouge and beyond to discover their power and to push back against injustices in their communities and fight for their rights. Last year, Mckesson gained national notoriety when he was one of more than 100 people arrested in Louisiana during a protest in response to the police shooting of Alton Sterling.

Mckesson is one of the founders of Campaign Zero, a ten point policy plan for police reform, and in 2016, he was a candidate for Mayor of Baltimore. In addition to his role as an organizer, McKesson served in administrative positions in both the Minneapolis and Baltimore public school systems and he is a Teach For America alum. Recently, McKesson joined Crooked Media as the host of the podcast "Pod Save the People", focused on activism, social justice, culture, and politics, with recent guests including John Legend, Valerie Jarrett, Edward Snowden, and Katy Perry.