Deray McKesson, an avid protestor and frontline activist, is seen  in St. Louis, Missouri. "So much of the work in the past year was focused on exposing and convincing and saying to people 'this is what happened' and 'this is what's wrong', 'believe me and listen'," he told AFP.

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The Black Lives Matter activist enlisted the help of his father Calvin in his first advertistment for Baltimore Mayor ad. 

Lauren Porter
Feb, 21, 2016

DeRay McKesson has released his first campaign ad after filing for a mayoral bid just moments before the deadline was to pass.

Activist DeRay Mckesson Announces Bid for Baltimore Mayor 

The Baltimore native and Black Lives Matter activist shared the video on Twitter Saturday morning.

In the first of his advertisements, DeRay's father Calvin reveals his son's passion for activism and helping others makes him the ideal candidate to become the Maryland city's 50th mayor. 

"DeRay will have a very positive impact on this race because he will change the status quo," the elder McKesson said. "Politicians make promises. We don't need promises anymore we need action."