The US movement to fight anti-Black racism continues to grow on a global scale. On Tuesday night, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors returned from a 10-day speaking tour across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The Ferguson Action Tour aimed to amplify solidarity for families and protesters in Ferguson and across the US, in addition to renewing visibility for victims of state violence in the UK.
During the trip, Cullors presented to the British Houses of Parliament, alongside 10 families who experienced state violence, met with members of Black and immigrant communities across the UK, and connected with activists who fought in the Irish struggle for self-determination against the British.
The European trip came less than two weeks after Cullors returned from a 10-day delegation to Palestine with the Dream Defenders and representatives from Ferguson and other racial justice groups.
“When I look back in history at some of the great leaders of our movement–the Black Panther Party, Martin Luther King–folks always spoke about the international struggle and also traveled internationally,” Cullors said. “Part of this work is ‘act locally, think globally’ and you can’t think globally without being present with people in their countries and having that conversation and sitting with them.”
For Cullors, the trip demonstrated the global scope of Black Lives Matter, a movement she founded alongside Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s killing.
“We can often be very narrow in our approach here in the US and I met so many folks in the UK and Ireland who are in such deep solidarity with us,” Cullors said. “I think it’s imperative that we also extend the solidarity. The Black Lives Matter Movement is in fact global. Whether we understand it as a global project or not, people understand it as such.”