Film screening: The Rape of Recy Taylor

Posted by jcm22 at Oct 23, 2018 01:10 PM |
24 October 2018 - This film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story


Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Attenborough Seminar Block, Film Theatre

Contact: Dr Lin Feng


Directed by Nancy Buirski

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was attacked by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in 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.

More and more women are now speaking up after rape. The film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.

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