American civil rights activist and community organizer DeRay Mckesson presents his first book, “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope” on Sept. 19, from 3-5 p.m. in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus.

“On The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope” is a visionary’s call to take responsibility for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in. Designed to empower a new generation of leaders and activists, it is a guidebook for a better and more inclusive path forward.

In Mckesson’s words: “Hope is not magic. Hope is work. Let’s get to the work.”

Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer and the host of Crooked Media’s podcast “Pod Save the People.”

He started his career as an educator, and came to prominence for his role in documenting the Ferguson protests and the movement they birthed, and for publicly advocating for justice and accountability for the victims of police violence and the end of mass incarceration.

He’s spoken at venues from the White House to the Oxford Union, universities,and appeared on TV shows across the political spectrum.

He was named No. 11 on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list and Harvard’s Black Man of the Year in 2016, among many other accolades. A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence.

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Doors will open at 2 p.m. Seating is general admission and will be available on a first come-first served basis for all ticket holders.

Books for tickets sold online will be available for pick up at the event.