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Recy Taylor
April 24, 2018

The Hidden Pattern of Assault: The Rape of Recy Taylor.

A screening of the film The Rape of Recy Taylor will be held on Friday, April 27 at 3 pm in Montague Hall 80. It is free and open to the public.

This film takes its audience on Recy Taylor's journey for justice as she struggles to find her voice. The time was 1944 in a segregated Alabama, and Taylor had just been raped by six white men. 

The Rape of Recy Taylor by filmmaker Nancy Buirski, tells how her story inspired a rally for support and an outcry for justice.

Oprah Winfrey told Recy Taylor's story in a speech at the 2018 Golden Globes. It brought many in the audience to tears and to their feet. Recy died at the age of 97 in December 2017.

The screening is sponsored by the African and African American Studies Program (AAAS). A discussion will be held after the screening, lead by a panel of AAAS students, faculty, and community members. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will provide sexual assault advocates to support viewers of the film.

For information contact Dr. Chang'aa Mweti, associate professor, Department of Education and head of the African and African American Studies Program, 218-726-6212,

About the African and African American Studies Program