Troy Gaston leads the crowds during a post-election rally at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago on Nov. 4, 2020.
(Photo Credit: Youngrae Kim / Chicago Tribune) Troy Gaston leads the crowds during a post-election rally at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago on Nov. 4, 2020.

Chicago Tribune

by Darcel Rockett

Troy Gaston has a tendency to vibrate when he talks about social justice. It’s the enthusiasm for the topic.

The West Garfield Park resident doesn’t sit still for long when discussing topics of safety for those in the Black community, regardless of whether he’s attending a virtual class at Roosevelt University from his kitchen or poring over the details of his 50-plus-page literature review on the damage mass incarceration inflicts on Black families in America. Sometimes he paces. Sometimes R&B music is playing in the background. His hands move through the air, much like a conductor waving a baton. All the while his puppy, Designer, a Labrador/pit bull mix, is barking, almost as excited as his owner.

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