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Civil rights acitivist DeRay Mckesson will give the keynote speech at New Orleans’ Rising Tide conference on Aug. 29 

Civil rights activist to speak at Rising Tide

  Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson will give the keynote speech at Rising Tide, when the annual bloggers' "conference on the history of New Orleans" holds its 10th session Aug. 29 at Xavier University. Mckesson is a member of We The Protesters, which has had a presence and amplified the message at several civil rights demonstrations against police power, including those in Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina and Baltimore.

  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.

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