Public Lecture: "The Roots of #MeToo: Recy Taylor, Rosa Parks, and the Long History of Black Women's Protest against Sexual Violence"
Please join us for a public lecture by Professor Danielle McGuire, Associate Professor of History at Wayne State University and award-winning author of of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance-a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf, 2010).
In January, Oprah Winfrey used the story of Recy Taylor, an African American woman who was kidnapped and raped by six white men in Alabama in 1944, to remind everyone that Black women have been at the center of protests against sexual violence for decades. This lecture will focus on Black women's long tradition of testimony and protest against sexual assault and highlight how demands for bodily integrity were central to the African American Freedom Struggle and remain central to movements for dignity and justice today.
Sponsored by the History Department, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, and the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.