Five years ago, DeRay Mckesson quit his job as a school teacher, moved to Ferguson, Missouri, and spent the next 400 days on the streets as an activist, helping to bring the Black Lives Matter movement into being. Even when the police made it illegal to stand still, they refused to back down. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays down the intellectual, pragmatic, and political framework for a new liberation movement.
Honest, courageous, and imaginative, On the Other Side of Freedom is a work brimming with hope. Drawing on his own experiences - of growing up without his mother, with a father in recovery, of having a house burn down and a bully chase him home from school, of pacifying a traffic cop at gunpoint, of determined activism on the streets and in the White House - Mckesson asks us to imagine the best of what is possible.
Honouring 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.
About the Author
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organiser, and the host of Crooked Media's award-winning podcast, Pod Save the People. Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and beyond, DeRay became a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and a co-founder of Campaign Zero. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
"Mckesson and a core group of other activists have built the most formidable American protest movement of the 21st century to date."
New York Times
"An inspiring reminder that hope is vital to any political change, and it's the driving force for any successful attempt at social justice."
Esquire (Best Non-Fiction Books of 2018)
"Riveting and affecting . . . written with astounding poetry, vulnerability, and flair. Mckesson is a gifted, pointed storyteller."
The Village Voice