DeRay Mckesson

Five years ago, DeRay McKesson quit his job as a school teacher, moved to Ferguson, Missouri, and spent the next 400 days on the streets as an activist, helping to bring the Black Lives Matter movement into being.

DeRay, in his distinctive blue vest, became a regular sight on TV screens and a spokesperson for a new generation of activists. Now, in his first book, McKesson lays down the intellectual, pragmatic, and political framework for a growing liberation movement. Honest, courageous, and imaginative, On The Other Side Of Freedom is a work brimming with hope.

McKesson asks us to imagine the best of what is possible. Honouring the voices of a new generation of activists, his book is a visionary's call to take responsibility for imagining, and then building the world we want to live in. Born and raised in Baltimore, DeRay is a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement, has been named one of the ‘30 Most Important People on

The Internet’ by Time and listed as one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global Thinkers. He has 1 million followers on Twitter (and is one of the ten people that Beyoncé follows).

DeRay will be in the UK for two days only, Join him at Brixton Library in conversation. Limited seats available, so free booking essential on Eventbrite.

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Monday 29 April 2019
Brixton Oval