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 is now Executive Director of the 'me too' organization. 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
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Maine Women's Lobby Education Fund
  • Rutgers University - Camden
  • 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
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#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 he ...

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, 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 is now Executive Director of the 'me too' organization. . 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.