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African American Women: A History of Sexual Violence & Trauma
Friday, April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 1998, Oprah Winfrey starred in the film “Beloved.” The film, based on a Toni Morrison novel, was inspired by the story of Margaret Garner. Garner was a fugitive slave who killed her daughter to prevent her from being returned to slavery and the possibility of sexual violence, which was a constant threat for enslaved women and girls. Thirty years later, Winfrey stood before a crowd at the Golden Globe Awards and invoked the name of Ms. Recy Taylor. In 1944, Taylor was raped by a group of white men while walking home from church. Mrs. Rosa Parks, who is enshrined in history as the mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, worked to draw attention to Taylor’s case and other violent acts against black women. These powerful narratives will frame an examination of the long history of sexual violence and trauma experienced by African American women and girls in a conversation moderated by Marcia Davis, Washington Post Magazine editor and writer, with Drs. Nikki Taylor and Jeanne Theoharis.
Taylor is professor of history and Department Chair at Howard University and author of Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio. Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.
Books by the panelists will be for sale from East City Bookshop.
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