In The News
February 23, 2016

Is DeRay Mckesson for real?

His platform is good enough, thoughtful enough and well enough grounded in the realities of Baltimore to warrant consideration next to those of much more experienced and better known candidates. Continue Reading

In The News
February 19, 2016

After White House meeting, President Obama praises mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson's 'outstanding work' in Baltimore

It’s not every day a Baltimore mayoral candidate gets a sit-down meeting with the president of the United States. DeRay Mckesson, the prominent activist and last-minute entrant into Baltimore’s mayoral race, met Thursday with President Barack Obama and different generations of civil rights leaders at the White House for a Black History Month event. Continue Reading

In The News
February 17, 2016

DeRay Mckesson Explains Why Democrats Have Reason To Worry About the General Election

DeRay Mckesson has become somewhat of a luminary figure over the past few years. His work nationwide as an activist combating immoral policing tactics and speaking out against injustices in disadvantaged communities placed him as one of America’s foremost voices in urban reform. A member of Black Lives Matter, Mckesson helped push the movement to the forefront of mainstream media attention firmly standing his ground on the fluctuating narrative of black voice and protest in the wake of unrest in Ferguson, Baltimore, and New York. Continue Reading

In The News
February 05, 2016

Does Baltimore Need DeRay Mckesson?

At the front of the room were some of the usual suspects, ambitious city council members and a few people who’d run for mayor before. Two of the leading candidates could barely shake their baggage: city councilman Nick Mosby, whose wife is the state’s attorney prosecuting the six Baltimore police officers implicated in the death of Freddie Gray, inspiring accusations of a disqualifying conflict; and former mayor Sheila Dixon, who resigned in 2010 after pocketing gift cards intended for the poor. Crowd members yelled over Dixon and Mosby several times. We had to ask one of Mosby’s hecklers to leave after he nearly incited a fight. Continue Reading

In The News
February 05, 2016

Black Lives Matter Activist Jumps Into Baltimore Mayoral Fray

Whether it will be more or less successful than other Black Lives Matter efforts is difficult to say. If Mckesson wins the race, despite the long odds against him, he would be in a position to try to enact many of the policing reforms he’s advocated. More than that, though, his victory would be a huge news story and would put office-holders nationwide on notice that the BLM platform was a source of serious political clout. Continue Reading

February 03, 2016

I Am Running for Mayor of Baltimore

I love Baltimore. This city has made me the man that I am. Like an old friend, I’ve seen it at its best and its most challenged. From Ms. Rainey’s second grade class at Rosemont Elementary School to the mixes of K Swift & Miss Tony on 92Q, to the nights at Afram, Shake N Bake and the Inner Harbor, I was raised in the joy and charm of this city. Continue Reading

In The News
February 03, 2016

DeRay Mckesson, Black Lives Matter activist, launches last-minute bid to become mayor of Baltimore

“I’ve lived through too many lofty promises and vague plans,” Mckesson said. “We’ve come to rely on a traditional model of politics only to be rewarded with disappointing results.” Wielding an online following of hundreds of thousands of people, Mckesson is among the most recognizable of the activists who took to the streets in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore in response to killings of unarmed black men by police officers during the last 18 months. A former school administrator in the public schools systems in both Baltimore and Minneapolis, Mckesson joined the protests in Ferguson in late 2014, and later quit his job to become a full-time organizer. Born and raised in Baltimore, he says he moved back to the city full time last March. Continue Reading