Civil Rights Has Always Been a Global Movement

April 14, 2021 – Brenda Gayle Plummer, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and foundational scholar in the realm of race and international relations, joins the Council to discuss the deep global roots of today’s U.S. movements for social justice.

After George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota protests for racial justice erupted around the world. The words “I can’t breathe” appeared on protest signs in cities from Berlin to Seoul. On this episode, we ask: what made these protests go global so immediately? How has the movement for civil rights always been a global movement?

Special thanks to this episode’s partners: Greater Hartford Links Chapter, Central Connecticut State University Political Science Department, African American Studies, Africana Center, and International Studies program.



Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison