U.S. civil rights activist DeRay McKesson running for mayor of Baltimore

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Posted: Feb 04, 2016 9:01 AM

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - U.S. civil rights activist DeRay McKesson, who was instrumental in the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement against police violence, is running for mayor of Baltimore, he announced online late on Wednesday.

McKesson, who rose to prominence out of the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, has become one of the nation's best-known civil rights leaders. His distinctive blue Patagonia vest has been seen everywhere from street protests in his native Baltimore to a recent appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

"I am running to be the 50th mayor of Baltimore in order to usher our city into an era where the government is accountable to its people and is aggressively innovative in how it identifies and solves its problems," McKesson said in a posting on medium.com late Wednesday. (https://medium.com/@deray/i-am-running-for-mayor-of-baltimore-34b4e214d582#.pgbpx02fn)

The city's current mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said in September that she would not seek re-election when her term ends this year.

(Reporting by Donna Owens; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)