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K-State Today

October 22, 2018

Founder of 'me too.' Movement Tarana Burke to speak at K-State

Submitted by Hannah Ens

Tarana Burke, founder of the 'me too.' Movement and social justice activist, will share the story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person of the Year-winning movement at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

The simple yet courageous 'me too.' Movement hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment. Burke's powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift and inspire attendees.

This is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Burke 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 'me too.' Movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse and puts the focus back on survivors. In her upcoming book, "Where the Light Enters," Burke discusses the importance of the movement as well as her personal journey from "victim to survivor to thriver."

A sexual assault survivor herself, Burke is now working under the banner of the 'me too.' Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She also is senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. 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.

This event is free and open to the public. No photography or recording of any kind is allowed.

Prior to the presentation, a #nomore expo campaigning against sexual assault and domestic violence will take place in the Forum Hall lobby. Read more about the #nomore expo and rally that took place this spring.

Sponsored by the Union Program Council; Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, or Care; and the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies. For more information, visit kstateupc.com or call 785-532-6571.

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