Documentary Film Screening: The Rape of Recy Taylor
Sunday, April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.
Award-winning director, Nancy Buirski’s important and searing 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.
Sponsored by: Executive Office of the Mayor | DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities | Association for the Study of African American Life and History | American Historical Association