DeRay Mckesson

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores

are pleased to host

DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson

On his national book tour for

On The Other Side of Freedom 

He'll be joined in conversation with UChicago SSA Assistant Professor Yanilda González.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 pm

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Gordon Parks Arts Hall
5815 S. Kimbark Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Registration is required and tickets are $25.
Tickets are on sale now.

One book will be included with the price of each ticket.
Additional books will be available for purchase from the Seminary Co-op at the event.

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About the book: We have never been the voiceless, proclaims activist DeRay Mckesson, we have been the unheard.

In August of 2014, twenty-nine-year-old activist DeRay Mckesson stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to push a message of justice and accountability. These protests, and others like them in cities across the country, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays out the intellectual, pragmatic political framework for a new liberation movement. Continuing a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation's complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. He argues that our best efforts to combat injustice have been stunted by the belief that racism's wounds are history, and suggests that intellectual purity has curtailed optimistic realism. The book offers a new framework and language for understanding the nature of oppression. With it, we can begin charting a course to dismantle the obvious and subtle structures that limit freedom.

Honest, courageous, and imaginative, On the Other Side of Freedom is a work brimming with hope. Drawing from his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson exhorts all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to imagine the best of what is possible. Honoring the voices of a new generation of activists, On the Other Side of Freedom is a visionary's call to take responsibility for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in. The moral arc of the universe will bend toward justice, he argues, only if we bend it.

About the author: DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer, and the host of Crooked Media's podcast, Pod Save the People. He started his career as an educator and came to prominence for his role in documenting the Ferguson protests and the movement they birthed and for publicly advocating for justice and accountability for the victims of police violence and the end of mass incarceration. He's spoken at venues from the White House to the Oxford Union and universities and appeared on TV shows across the political spectrum. He was named #11 on Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders list and Harvard's Black Man of the Year in 2016, among his many other accolades. A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Learn more about DeRay through interviews with Sarah Silverman, Stephen Colbert, and Trevor Noah.

Photo Credit: Blair Caldwell.