Black Lives Matter
In 2014, Mckesson, then a Minneapolis school administrator, spent his weekends travelling down to Missouri to take part in the Ferguson protests. The protests were sparked by the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police offer Darren Wilson, and the hundreds of other similar cases involving unarmed young black men and trigger-happy police. Having committed his life to working with kids, the murder of Brown pushed him over the edge.
“There are a lot of great things we can do for kids around opportunity, especially kids from low-income communities,” he said. “But you have to be alive to learn.”
A year later, Mckesson quit his six-figure job and became a full time organizer for Black Lives Matter protests, tweeting, texting and emailing a drove of followers. He has since been “teargassed, sued by law enforcement … surveilled by private companies hired by city governments” and even evacuated from a movie theatre following a death threat.