This year’s Bloody Sunday March for Justice will take place this Sunday, February 1. Those wishing take part in the event are asked to assemble at Creggan shops on Central Drive at 2.30pm.
This year’s theme for the event is ‘Resist’ and the key note speaker at the end of the rally at Free Derry Corner is Patrisse Cullors one of the key organisers of protests against recent police killing of young black Americans.
Patrisse Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement in Los Angeles three years ago to highlight the vastly disproportionate jailing of African Americans, the violent treatment many were subjected to, and the high incidence of mental illness among those incarcerated.
In November last, she led a 500-strong “Freedom Ride” to Ferguson, Missouri, following a decision not to charge the police officer who had shot and killed local unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
She has since been active on the ground in Missouri, New York, Chicago and elsewhere.
Ms. Cullors describes herself as “a freedom fighter, fashionista and wife of Harriet Tubman.” She holds doctorates in religion and philosophy.
She is travelling to Derry in place of Ferguson Minister, the Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, who was hospitalised with exhaustion in Boston last week after intensive months campaigning across the US.