DeRay McKesson And Laverne Cox Will Receive Honorary Degrees From The New School

The New School is celebrating two of our favorite people, DeRay McKesson and Laverne Cox, in this year’s commencement ceremony.

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Laverne and DeRay will receive honorary degrees from the school for their contributions to social causes. Laverne, an actress on Orange Is The New Black and star of the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show special event, is outspoken about trans rights and the battle transgender people, especially those of color, face every day. DeRay, an activist and current Baltimore mayoral candidate, tackles issues facing the black community, like police brutality and systemic racism.

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These two absolutely deserve this honor. Congrats, Laverne and DeRay!

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