Black Lives Matter Activist Deray McKesson runs to be Baltimore Mayor

Black Lives Matter Activist Deray McKesson runs to be Baltimore Mayor

[THE GUARDIAN]

Deray McKesson has been one of the most vocal activists in the Black Lives Matter Movement since the Ferguson shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August 2014. (Erin Woggon/Manual RedEye)
Deray McKesson has been one of the most vocal activists in the Black Lives Matter Movement since the Ferguson shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August 2014. (Erin Woggon/Manual RedEye)

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson announced on Wednesday night that he will run for mayor of Baltimore, a move that could shake up both the movement and the city’s politics.

But McKesson’s campaign may also change the Black Lives Matter movement because Johnetta Elzie, another movement leader, is moving to Baltimore to help with McKesson’s campaign.

“There’s a way to challenge from the outside and a way to challenge from the inside and both are important,” McKesson said.

“Baltimore is a city of possibility and we’ve got to challenge the traditional pathways of politics and politicians who lay those paths. We have an opportunity, fundamentally for Baltimore that could change the city to be more transparent and accountable towards people.”

After rising to prominence during the protests over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, McKesson has spent much of the last year traveling from protest to protest.

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson announced on Wednesday night that he will run for mayor of Baltimore, a move that could shake up both the movement and the city’s politics.

But McKesson’s campaign may also change the Black Lives Matter movement because Johnetta Elzie, another movement leader, is moving to Baltimore to help with McKesson’s campaign.

“There’s a way to challenge from the outside and a way to challenge from the inside and both are important,” McKesson said.

“Baltimore is a city of possibility and we’ve got to challenge the traditional pathways of politics and politicians who lay those paths. We have an opportunity, fundamentally for Baltimore that could change the city to be more transparent and accountable towards people.”

After rising to prominence during the protests over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, McKesson has spent much of the last year traveling from protest to protest.

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