Leader of ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement DeRay McKesson to Guest Lecture at Yale Divinity School

Deray McKesson, an avid protestor and frontline activist, is seen  in St. Louis, Missouri on August 7, 2015. McKesson is one of the most vocal activists since the Ferguson shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. in August 2014. The seemingly endless stream of videos and stories showing brutal and outrageous behavior by police has forced the nation to acknowledge the reality of systemic racism, said DeRay Mckesson, an activist with We The Protesters who has nearly 200,000 Twitter followers. "So much of the work in the past year was focused on exposing and convincing and saying to people 'this is what happened' and 'this is what's wrong', 'believe me and listen'," he told AFP. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMASMichael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images
Deray McKesson, an avid protestor and frontline activist, is seen in St. Louis, Missouri on August 7, 2015. McKesson is one of the most vocal activists since the Ferguson shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. in August 2014. The seemingly endless stream of videos and stories showing brutal and outrageous behavior by police has forced the nation to acknowledge the reality of systemic racism, said DeRay Mckesson, an activist with We The Protesters who has nearly 200,000 Twitter followers. “So much of the work in the past year was focused on exposing and convincing and saying to people ‘this is what happened’ and ‘this is what’s wrong’, ‘believe me and listen’,” he told AFP. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMASMichael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images

One of the newest teachers at the vaunted Yale University burnished his Ivy League resume in the Black Lives Matter movement.

DeRay McKesson will be teaching a one-credit course this fall as a guest lecturer at Yale Divinity School, according to higher education blog Campus Reform. The outspoken activist will be joining U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and the Rev. Nancy Taylor, whose Old South Church in Boston is located near the site of the 2013 marathon bombing, to teach a special three-section course as part of a new leadership program. The young activist will teach the first section of the course, entitled “Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.”

McKesson is the only guest lecturer who is not an alumnus of Yale Divinity School.

A syllabus for the course describes the credentials of McKesson, 30.

“A young leader of the Black Lives Matter Movement, DeRay McKesson will present case studies about the work of organizing, public advocacy, civil disobedience, and social change, through both Leadership of Presence, and Leadership in the Social Media.”

Readings for the course includes Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book “Between the World and Me,” a Huffington Post article titled “How The Black Lives Matter Movement Changed the Church,” the book “Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfilled Hopes for Racial Reform” by author Derrick Bell,” Leah Gunning Francis’ book “Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community,” and a New York Times article titled “Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us.”

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Source: New York Post | Fox News

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