Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Returns to St. Louis for Book Signing
You may have heard of Baltimore-born civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson from his ardent work with the Black Lives Matter movement, which led him to move to St. Louis for a time. You may also have heard his podcast Pod Save The People, a political dissection of current events peppered with moments like this: one time he interviewed two students from the Black Student Alliance at the University of Virginia who were protesting against the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one counter-protester dead and 19 injured after a white supremacist drove his car into the crowd. During the conversation, they wondered aloud if they’d lived up to the legacies of their predecessors. “Is this how Malcolm X and Dr. King did it?” they asked.
Mckesson’s calling has led him to explore that sentiment in a number of forms, the latest of which is a brand-new book and resulting tour that brings him to St. Louis through Left Bank Books this Thursday, Sept. 13. The book, entitled “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case For Hope” explores Mckesson’s experience as a Black Lives Matter organizer.
Mckesson will be at Union Avenue Christian Church this Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., and tickets may be purchased online at Left Bank Books. A single admission ticket to the event includes a signed copy of McKesson’s book plus a post-show meet and greet.
All images courtesy of DeRay Mckesson.