05 March 2019
Tarana started MeToo~ a movement not a moment
Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too Movement, is a personal folk hero of mine—or "shero," as I prefer to say. I was thrilled to hear that she was speaking nearby in Asheville, NC for an Our VOICE benefit for survivors.
Tarana Burke's movement, which was founded more than 10 years ago, has inspired survivors of sexual violence from all over the world to find pathways to healing—including myself.
Tarana first used the phrase "Me Too" in 2006 while working with young black women and girls from low-income communities for whom she developed a culturally informed curriculum to discuss sexual assault and harassment. The #metoo social media hashtag campaign has generated more than 13 million posts, emerging as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual violence.
As Angelica Wind, Executive Director of Our VOICE, says, “Her message is inspirational: That together we are creating a movement—because it's not just a moment—and that this movement is actively shaping and changing our cultural norms now and for future generations to come.”
Tarana currently works under the banner of the movement, which is housed at the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity organization, where she serves as senior director.
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