From the streets of Ferguson to the ‘Colbert’ show, DeRay Mckesson’s work as a civil rights activist

When DeRay Mckesson left Minneapolis and headed to Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, he didn’t set out to become a leading voice of the movement to end police brutality, but that’s what happened.

Since coming to prominence, he’s brought his message to a wide array of venues, from demonstrations in the streets to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Now, he’s the host of the award-winning podcast, Pod Save the People, and just released a collection of essays, “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.”

We’re excited to welcome McKesson for MinnPost’s 11th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 11, where he’ll join Editor Andrew Putz onstage at the Cowles Center for a wide-ranging conversation on politics, activism and culture.

Tickets are on sale now and include a post-program dessert reception and book signing. Be sure to reserve your seats before they’re sold out!

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