Planting a flag firmly at the intersection of patriarchy, sexism and white supremacy, “The Rape of Recy Taylor” is a documentary of multiple layers and marvelous gumption.
— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
The Rape of Recy Taylor
This screening is presented in partnership with The Hive Community Circle.
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator, Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse against black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story.
Directed by Nancy Buirski.
The screening is followed by a community talk-back with expert panelists who will discuss, “The Historical Implications of Racial Injustice and Sexual Violence in the Black Community.”
Our panelists are Mia McLeod (South Carolina State Senator), Dr. Valerie Ekue (Director of Member Support and Community Justice for SCCADVASA), Dr. Jennifer Gunter (Director of the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation), and Dr. Candace Cunningham (Instructor TRIO Program, UofSC).
Thank you to our screening sponsors, ColumbiaSC63, University of South Carolina Center for Civil Rights History and Research, WREN and Columbia College Sisters of Charity Place Fellows.