DeRay Mckesson to deliver keynote speech at Rising Tide X_lowres


Rising Tide, the annual bloggers' "conference on the history of New Orleans," will feature a keynote speech by civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson when it holds its 10th session Aug. 29 at Xavier University.  


Mckesson is a prolific tweeter and member of We The Protesters, which has had a presence at civil rights demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina and Baltimore. 

In a statement, Rising Tide organizer Mark Moseley wrote, "Part of Rising Tide's mission is to use technology to transform advocacy into action. No one has done that better over the past year than DeRay McKesson. He is at the forefront of a new digital movement to expose and resist systems of racial oppression."

Other panels this year will discuss the state of public transportation in New Orleans; education; the city's changing media scene; black women writers; short-term rentals and more.  

Admission is free, and Mckesson will speak at 2 p.m.