Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson wants to become Baltimore Mayor DeRay Mckesson.
The ubiquitous 30-year-old activist submitted paperwork to become a candidate just ten minutes before the filing deadline on Thursday night, according to The Washington Post.
Shortly thereafter, Mckesson formally announced his candidacy on Medium. “I have come to realize that the traditional pathway to politics, and the traditional politicians who follow these well-worn paths, will not lead us to the transformational change our city needs,” he wrote. Instead, he envisioned a city “that is both aspirational and grounded in reality.” He added that he plans to unveil his full platform in the coming weeks.
A Baltimore native, Mckesson first emerged on the national scene as an activist documenting the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. Mckesson then traveled throughout the country as a series of high-profile police shootings of unarmed black men and women punctuated a national discussion on law enforcement and race. His ubiquity soon made him one of the movement’s most prominent figures. Mckesson’s high-velocity Twitter account, alternating between news bulletins and koans on black life in America, became a hub of Black Lives Matter media and organizing.