Tarana Burke

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  • Founder of the Me Too Movement
  • 2017 TIME Person of the Year; 2018 TIME's "100 Most Influential People"
  • Social Justice Activist

Tarana Burke is best known for founding the 'me too' Movement and has dedicated her life to social justice work and giving strength to those who experienced sexual trauma or harassment. Honored as one of The Silence Breakers named TIME's 2017 Person of the Year, and named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People of 2018"  Years before 'me too' became a viral hashtag, Burke founded Just Be Inc., a non-profit that helps victims. 

The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has generated over 13 million Facebook posts and Tweets, emerging as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment. 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, Tarana provides insight into the current state of affairs and outpouring of sexual assault and harassment allegations, addresses pressing issues of respect, dignity and power dynamics in schools, workplaces and politics, and shines a light on the stories of survivors and voices that continue to be marginalized. 

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Tarana Burke
  • Brock University
  • McMaster University
  • Center for Talent Innovation
  • LE Miami Ltd.
  • Connecticut Business and Industry Association
  • National Museum of African American Music
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee
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<p>Tarana Burke plans the next steps for #MeToo Movement </p>

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 MagazineHarper'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.).

<p><strong>Tarana Burke is one of The Silence Breakers named Time’s Person of the Year </strong></p>

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 NewsHourMTV 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.

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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.