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Black Lives Matters’ DeRay Mckesson on the Power of Protest Music

The following story is featured in the next issue of our print quarterly,  The Pitchfork Review.  Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson isn’t a musician, but he knows how powerful the right song can be in the fight for justice. “Music helps shape the way people think about the world and act in the world,” he says. He’s seen that influence firsthand: In August 2014, he took a leave of absence from his job as a Minneapolis public school administrator to go protest the shooting death of  Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
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