#MeToo: Past, Present and Future
Founder of the Me Too Movement Tarana Burke shares the origins, evolution and future of the movement, illuminating key issues of women’s rights and justice for survivors in this powerful, timely and inspirational program. Tracing the genesis of Me Too back to her time working at a non-profit that helped victims of sexual assault and harassment, Burke sheds light on how the hashtag became viral, catapulting her into the spotlight and amplifying the voices of millions of people worldwide. With honesty, inclusivity, and passion, she addresses issues of respect, dignity and power dynamics, and where the movement needs to go from here. Whether speaking at a school or major conference, Burke tailors her remarks and offers uniquely powerful opportunities to connect with audience members and listen to their own stories.
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Tarana Burke in-demand this Black History Month
Named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People of 2018" and Politico's "20 Women to Watch," TARANA BURKE spearheaded the Me Too movement years before it became a viral hashtag as the founder of Just Be Inc., a non-profit that helps victims. On stage, she shares her powerful and poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement and a survivor of sexual assault herself. Sought-out to deliver the keynote at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's annual MLK Tribute and Notre Dame's Black History Month lecture, Burke's candid and substantive remarks garnered tweets of praise such as: "Completely inspired by @TaranaBurke today at @BAM_Brooklyn. Most resonant takeaway: We should be proud but not satisfied by progress we’ve made. Imagine if those before us accepted small wins and said 'this is good enough.'” Burke was sought-out for an in-depth interview on her journey as an activist and the future of the Me Too movement on Yahoo Finance, and profiled in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Essence, Paper Magazine, and Harper's Bazaar. Her TedTalk, has racked up over one million views.
Tarana Burke plans the next steps for #MeToo Movement
It's been one year since the transformative #MeToo Movement went viral, and the movement's founder TARANA BURKE is making headlines as she plans for the future. Profiled in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Essence, Paper Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and more, Burke shared her reflections on the past year, and where the movement needs to go from here. Passionate and vocal in her desire to shift #MeToo's narrative away from individual perpetrators, Burke is launching a three-part plan that involves a new website with resources for survivors and their allies and the start of leadership- training programs. 2017 TIME Person of the Year and 2018 TIME's "100 Most Influential People" Burke is renowned worldwide for her social justice activism and powerful advocacy work. In-demand for her insights on women's rights and the current moment, Burke has delivered powerful remarks nationwide, consistently earning rave reviews such as: "Tarana was fabulous! She was pitch perfect for our audience and they were thrilled to hear her thoughts. There was buzz about her and the session all day" (Center for Talent Innovation), and "Thank you for making magic happen at Ministry of Ideas. It meant the world to have you with us at what can only be described as our best event to date. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I'm truly grateful for the time and thought you put into your session... [You were] everything we could have hoped for AND MORE" (LE Miami Ltd.).
Tarana Burke is one of The Silence Breakers named Time’s Person of the Year
TARANA BURKE is among those recognized as Time’s Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers- the women and men who have publicly spoken out about and taken action against sexual harassment and assault. A lifelong social justice activist, Burke is the founder of the Me Too Movement, having first used the phrase as part of her work building solidarity among survivors years before it became a viral hashtag. A powerful rallying cry that has swept the world—generating over 13 million Facebook posts and Tweets—Me Too amplifies the voice of thousands of victims of sexual abuse and inspires solidarity, healing, and social change. As the inspiration of the movement and a sexual assault survivor herself, Burke has been sought-out for interviews on CBS News, PBS NewsHour, MTV News, Politico, Democracy Now!, and The Today Show, to shed light on the true origins of the movement, draw attention to survivors and marginalized voices, and reveal where we can go from here.
Tarana Burke, best known as the founder of the 'me too' Movement, shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral awakening for women's rights, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.
The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.
#metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.
A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana works under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement which is housed at Brooklyn based Girls for Gender Equity where she serves as Senior Director. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma.