It’s been almost four years since Me Too became a global movement, forever changing the way we talk about sexual violence. But it’s been about 15 years since Tarana Burke found the phrase she needed to inspire empathy and empowerment in survivors of sexual violence, understanding that a mere ‘me too’ could be a powerful unifier in the face of an experience. which can prove to be so felt. isolate.
As Burke told us during our inauguration The Racine Institute in 2020, despite the mainstream adoption of Me Too, her movement was founded for young black girls and women, like the ones she grew up with in the Bronx, NY, and whom she later met then that she was working as an activist in Selma, Ala. a simple sentence to express the inexpressible pain of sexual assault and abuse, a conversation could be opened; a premise that came true in 2017 when, amid dozens of accusations against Harvey Weinstein, legions of women around the world found solidarity in the hashtag #MeToo.
But Me Too has always been more than a hashtag, and its leader more than a spokesperson. Tarana Burke is a survivor, a journey she recounts from her own assault at age 7 to the deep crisis of faith that ultimately led to leading a global movement in her earliest memoir, Unbound, published September 14 by Flatiron Books under the imprint of Oprah Winfrey.
As Burke shares with us his second appearance in The Racine Institute, digging your own path was cathartic; but like all of his work, it is also intended to provide a path for others who seek a path through unspeakable pain. Like Oprah, we consider Unbound a necessary reading whether you consider yourself a survivor or not. Hear more of the incredible Tarana Burke in The Racine Institute.
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