The simple yet courageous #metoo 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. However, #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 colour 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 the survivors.
“It was her movement that pulled the covers off what has been a way of life in America…that has now seen…countless women empowered” ~ Detroit Free Press, 2018
“…[She] created this creative spring of strength and it inspired others to come through and tell their stories” ~ The National Post, 2018
Tarana Burke, best known as the founder of the #metoo movement, shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of this viral awakening for women’s rights, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana works under the banner of the ‘me too’ movement which is housed at Brooklyn based Girls for Gender Equity where she serves as Senior Director. 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.
She is the recipient of the 2017 Time Person of the Year, the 2018 Ridenhour Prize for Courage and the 2018 Voices of the Year Catalyst Award.
Tarana Burke tells her powerful story on March 8 at Hammerson Hall at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $65 (Group discounts are available through the Box Office). There are a limited number of post-show Meet & Greet tickets available for an additional $45. Purchase your tickets at www.livingartscentre.ca or call 905-306-6000.