Tarana Burke, who started the now-viral movement, wants more than just a hashtag Twitter
Civil rights activist Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement, delivered a powerful speech to a packed house in Colton Chapel on Sept. 5. Burke first used the phrase “me too” in 2006 as part of a grassroots campaign to support survivors of sexual violence. In 2017, following accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the phrase became a global phenomenon. It gave voice to those who had suffered silently and sent a message to survivors that they were not alone. In a heartfelt speech that generated laughs, cheers, and some tears, Burke shared the history of the movement and her hopes for its future. Here are a few of the inspirational messages she shared during the event, which was sponsored by Lafayette Activities Forum, Pards Against Sexual Assault, and Nia (multicultural women’s support group).