Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is taking his powerful message to the Ivy League this fall.
Yale Divinity School announced this weekend that he will participate in their leadership program, serving as one of three lecturers as part of a $120,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, according to a press release. The activist, who has made effectual change by being vocal on Twitter, is slated to talk about the “Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement” on Oct. 2-3. Via Yale Divinity:
The one-credit courses (for which Yale registration is required) revolve around two-day weekend interactions with the guest lecturers; students will do extensive preparatory readings and then write papers following the weekend events.
The other participants are: Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, and the Rev. Nancy Taylor, senior minister of Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Our world is changing with great speed,” Yale Divinity School Dean Greg Sterling said in the statement. “Yale has a long tradition of training individuals to lead in churches, institutions of higher learning, and society. We envision this new program as a means to bring students into contact with proven leaders who will challenge them not only to think about leading in new and creative ways but inspire them to reach beyond their current aspirations.”
Unsurprisingly, conservatives and general haters condemned the university’s decision to host Mckesson, who rose to prominence last year after unarmed Michael Brown, 18, was shot to death by ex-Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson following a confrontation. Via BET:
…Conservatives are rallying against the university’s decision to invite McKesson into halls of education, calling him a “race-baiter” and a “race hustler.” Fox and Friends host Tucker Carlson lambasted the school’s decision to hire “someone who’s popular on Twitter.” Carlson goes on to accuse McKesson of “dividing people by skin color, making totally unfounded, stupid claims,” and as someone “who doesn’t appear particularly erudite.”
Twitter was fairly active on all sides of the matter:
The fascinating thing about the supposed “scandal” of me speaking at Yale is that members of the movement have spoken there before.
— deray mckesson (@deray) September 14, 2015
There’s this story circulating that I’m going to be a faculty member at Yale. I’ll be at Yale for two days, guest lecturing.
— deray mckesson (@deray) September 14, 2015
— DC Frank Carter (@DCFrankCarter) September 12, 2015
— Joe Prich (@JoePrich) September 11, 2015
What do you think about Mckesson’s lecture series?
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Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown’s Death
1. 2014: Michael Brown’s lifeless body was left in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.Source: 1 of 12
2. 2015: Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot in Ferguson Sunday night by police for allegedly attacking them with a firearm. He remains in critical condition and is facing four charges of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.Source: 2 of 12
3. 2015: Police stand to maintain the crowd after shots rang out on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.Source: 3 of 12
4. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city’s uprising.Source: 4 of 12
5. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.Source: 5 of 12
6. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.Source: 6 of 12
7. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.Source: 7 of 12
8. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.Source: 8 of 12
9. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.Source: 9 of 12
10. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to “control” protests.Source: 10 of 12
11. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.Source: 11 of 12
12. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.Source: 12 of 12
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