Take Back the Night

Rally and event are happening next Wednesday at UMD.


UMD is hosting Take Back the Night event on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Here are the details:

6 p.m.

Pre-Rally Gathering & Resource Fair

UMD Kirby Ballroom– 1120 Kirby Drive

Learn about resources for support in the Duluth community, ways to get involved, and campus and community engagement around the prevention and intervention of power-based violence. A workshop to create t-shirts for UMD’s Clothesline project campaign and opportunities for attendees to make signs for the march are also provided.

6:30 p.m. 


UMD Kirby Ballroom– 1120 Kirby Drive

Rally together as a community to raise voices in protest, support, and encouragement of cultural change. 

7 p.m. 


Around Campus & Neighboring Community

Start at Kirby Ballroom. Walk to Kirby Bus Hub. Head towards the UMD Library Bus Hub. Turn right on St. Marie street towards Domino's Pizza. Turn right to march along Woodland Avenue towards the Bluestone area. Turn left to march in a space between Bluestone and UMD. Turn Left to continue onto University Drive. Turn right to march along College St. and then turn right onto Kirby Dr. To return to Kirby Bus Hub, following signs back up to the Kirby Ballroom for closing remarks and speak out space. 

7:30 p.m. (Approximately) 

Speak Out 

UMD Kirby Ballroom– 1120 Kirby Drive

A space for attendees to speak out about their experiences and share their truth. This space encourages victims/survivors of power-based violence, their supporters, and the community to share their hopes, fears, and stories about power-based violence.

Take Back the Night is free and open to the public. Campus and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend. All people regardless of identity or background are welcome. 

Organizers have tried to keep accessibility in mind throughout our planning process. Please contact them with any specific concerns and they will do their best to accommodate. UMD has advocates available for support and resources. 

Annual Take Back the Night March & Rally

UMD Take Back the Night rally at UMD in 2018

The first Take Back the Night rally was held in Germany in 1973, in response to a series of sexual assaults, rapes, and murders. In recognition of the vulnerability that women feel at night, Take Back the Night (TBTN) is a call to empower survivors of violence, strengthen our communities, and increase awareness. 

“Take Back the Night is a public forum to unite efforts to provide the space for individuals who have been impacted by power-based violence to heal, to empower those who have been victimized, and to encourage our campuses and greater Duluth community to take a stand in creating a new cultural narrative,” says organizer and Women's Resource and Action Center intern Jade Moorse. “The March and Rally will be located closer to the campus community area but ALL are welcome. We encourage you to join us in this powerful event.”

For more information about Take Back the Night International.

Twitter/Instagram hashtags: #tbtnduluth, #takebackthenightduluth, #umdtbtn