Festival Program

Highlight Event

DeRay Mckesson: On The Other Side of Freedom

Tue 3 Sep, 7pm
The Capitol

Civil rights activist and author DeRay Mckesson is one of the leading voices in the Black Lives Matter movement, and his new book reflects not only on his own journey to activism, but how the nature of the world is changing. He speaks to Benjamin Law about activism, the power of politics translated through social media and why it’s so important to keep hope alive.


1 hour

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Benjamin Law is author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East , and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101. He is the co-host of Stop Everything on ABC RN and columnist for Good Weekend. The Family Law is an award-winning TV series for SBS which he created and co-wrote for three seasons.

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused on issues of innovation, equity, and justice. A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and co-founder of JoinCampaignZero.org, MappingPoliceViolence.org, OurStates.org, and ResistanceManual.org, DeRay also hosts of critically acclaimed podcast Pod Save the People.

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