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DERAY MCKESSON

AN ACTIVIST AND EDUCATOR, DERAY MCKESSON IS ALSO AN OUT AND PROUD VOICE OF THE #BLACKLIVESMATTER MOVEMENT

ACTIVISM AWARD

On 9 August 2014, unarmed black teenager Mike Brown was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson, following reports of a robbery at a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri. Decades of frustration at the excessive police aggression faced by people of colour in the USA erupted into riots across the county. This would be the beginning of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The hashtag appeared on banners during protests and was quickly adopted across social media, becoming the motto for the systematic oppression of black people, calling out police brutality, the erasure of black history and media bias.

Watching the situation unfold from his couch in Baltimore, DeRay Mckesson decided he needed to be involved. “I saw the protests on TV, saw them on Twitter and I was like, ‘I’m gonna go’,” he tells me as we meet in New York City. “I said: ‘I wanna go, I wanna see what’s happening’, and I went to bear witness.”

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This issue, the Attitude Awards special. Featuring exclusive shoots with Nyle DiMarco, Laverne Cox, Matt Lucas, Charli XCX, Greg Louganis and DeRay Mckesson. Plus, Amanda Holden, Erasure, Kylie, Princess Diana, and more.