The Rape of Recy Taylor: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month: A Historical Journey of Black Women and Violence
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in the Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and sparked an unprecedented outcry for justice.
- Monday, October 7, 2019
- Reception, refreshments 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Thanks to our generous donor, Angela’s Catering!
- Film screening 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Panel discussion 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Salt Lake County Government Center
CGC Council Chambers
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4575
Free registration, free on-site parking
The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.
More and more women are now speaking up after rape. The Rape of Recy Taylor tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest. It was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on 1940s U.S. Southern streets to today’s college campuses and unsafe work environments, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day, and fuels our outrage today.
The film is screening in communities through organizations across the U.S. with a goal of elevating the voices of Black women and empower all survivors to share their stories – providing support and other initiatives for those who have endured sexual assault.
Text “RECY” to 345345 to take a pre-film survey. After the film, you’ll be invited to take another survey.
The Sojourner Group welcomes and supports the ongoing endeavors of providing educational tools that will guide, direct, and emancipate Black women, victimized by sexual and domestic violence, who have been silenced due to cultural, spiritual, and linguistic differences and assumptions.