Recy Taylor

They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone . . . Recy Taylor died 10 days ago for too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak their truth to the power of those men.

This week the world watched (some of us with some unease) as President Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address. This week’s #Changemaker Recy Taylor (who recently passed) was silently honored during the speech as lawmakers dressed in black and wore red pins - honoring her legacy and standing in solidarity with the #TimesUp movement. Although Trump’s speech may not have highlighted the widespread change in attitudes towards sexual violence sweeping the nation, Recy’s legacy and those wearing and sharing her message, brought awareness to all the important work Recy strived for during her life.

Highlighted in Oprah’s famous Golden Globes speech last month, Recy Taylor was a survivor of gang rape by six white men in 1944. Because her attackers were not brought to justice, Recy herself became an outspoken advocate and civil rights hero. Recy’s niece Rose Gunter, who cared for Recy in her final days, also attended the State of the Union this week- signifying that time is truly up, and that intersectional justice for women, especially women of color, can no longer be ignored. Thank you to Recy and Rose, for their bravery, resiliency and courage. We will continue to work towards the justice you deserved and the world you worked towards your entire life.