DeRay McKesson

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DeRay McKesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity, and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds honorary doctorates from The New School and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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 a co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools and provide citizens and policymakers with commonsense policies that ensure equity.

He has been praised by President Obama for his work as a community organizer, has advised officials at all levels of government and internationally, and continues to provide the capacity to activists, organizers, and influencers to make an impact. We are excited to welcome this amazing man of faith and vision to fellowship with us at The Great Communion!