[PAST EVENT] AMP / Tarana Burke: Founder of 'me too' Movement

March 13, 2019
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Join the William & Mary community in welcoming Tarana Burke as she shares the story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person Of The Year-winning 'me too.' Movement and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.

Tickets are $10 for the public and FREE for students, faculty and staff with ID. Due to the limited seating, please RSVP to the event through Tribelink to ensure yourself a spot in the lottery for tickets for Commonwealth seating. RSVP does not guarantee a seat. Limited seating available for non-W&M community members. A free simulcast viewing will also be available in Chesapeake if you are unable to secure a ticket. Recipients of tickets from the lottery will be notified closer to date of the event.

If you are a member of the general public and NOT affiliated with W&M (student/faculty/staff) please RSVP using this form. If you are a student/faculty/staff at W&M, please RSVP directly on this event. 

The event, which includes a question-and-answer session, will take place on March 13th at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by Alma Mater Productions and the W&M Student Assembly with generous support from the Janet and Peter Atwater Lecture Endowment in conjunction with the 100th Year of Women.

More information on Tarana Burke and the 'me too.' Movement:

The simple yet courageous 'me too.' 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 of thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors. In her upcoming book, Where the Light Enters, Tarana discusses the importance of the 'me too.' Movement as well as her personal journey from "victim to survivor to thriver." Tarana's continued work with the 'me too.' movement has earned her the honor of being named The Root 100's most influential person of 2018.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of the 'me too' Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also 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.


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