Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, August 16, 2019.
Tarana J. Burke speaks with Chautauqua’s Emily Morris about the role the famous hashtag has played in society. Burke, founder of the Me Too Movement, discusses the impact of #MeToo, her work with Just Be Inc. in Selma and the inspiration behind giving women a “different kind of attention.”
Burke, named Time’s 2017 Person of the Year, has worked at the intersection of racial justice, arts and culture and sexual violence. Burke has created and led various campaigns focused on increasing access to resources and support for impacted communities, including the “Me Too” Movement.
“At the same time that I am, from an interpersonal standpoint, trying to understand what healing looks like for me and what it could look like for these girls, I also was very confused about why we were not standing up as a community to push back against what these children were experiencing,” Burke says.
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