I was at Starbucks in New Haven, Connecticut getting a cup of coffee when I ran into national community organizer DeRay McKesson. He was headed to Yale University deliver to an explosive lecture. I had recently seen him on CNN talking about the well-publicized Black Lives Matter Movement and concerns regarding police brutality rates and racism in USA.
I wanted to at least share the valuable content in my book about my unique approaches for reforming modern-day policing and racial profiling prevention. The book teaches ways to stop racism and highlights incidents of black man shot by police. So, I armed him with a copy of my book A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America. He gave me the pleasure of gaining incite on how the Black Lives Matter movement started. Deray stated that it initially started out as #CampaignZero, which to my understanding evolved to the #blacklivesmatter movement which is reported to have been co-founded by three black activists: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.
Deray stated that he and some friends had been home in Saint Louis watching the events unfold in Ferguson days following the Michael Brown shooting on August 9, 2014. Once they arrived, they would later join the protest. Overreaction by #ferguson police started after a Black protester threw a water bottle at the Ferguson Riot Police during the initial protest and the #Fergusonpolice responded with a barrage of tear gas.
In March 2015 the Los Angeles Times named DeRay McKesson one of the “new civil rights leaders” for the 21st century. He is noted for the iconic hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. A voice for millions across America this young Black male has made it clear that #BlackMouthsMatter in a never-ending struggle for social justice in the 21st century.