DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist, leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement, and host of Pod Save the People, a weekly podcast creating space for conversation about the most important issues of the week. Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and beyond, DeRay has become a key player in the work to confront the systems and structures that have led to mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. Wherever his work takes him, from protests to late night shows, Deray can almost always be found wearing his iconic blue Patagonia vest. DeRay was named one of the “World’s Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine in 2015 and one of the “30 Most Influential People on the Internet” by Time Magazine

Describe your style.

Simple and classic, with the blue vest, and shoes or pants with color. 

 What are you passionate about?

I believe that we can fundamentally change the social fabric of this country to become equitable and just in my lifetime, and I’m passionate about being a part of making that happen.  

 What does wearing fair trade clothing mean to you?

Fair trade is about having my values and beliefs about the condition of workers, gender equality, and sustainability show up in everything I do—including the clothes I choose to wear. It’s a reminder that we have to take the work with us everywhere we go. 


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