The Rape of Recy Taylor

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The Rape of Recy Taylor
Certificate15
Year2017
GenreDocumentary
DirectorNancy Buirski
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 31MINS
Extra InfoPost-screening discussion on Mon 4 Jun
SeasonMain Programme

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white men 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 (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) sent its chief rape investigator (and civil rights activist) Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

The Rape of Recy Taylor exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing fight for justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

Based on the "New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power" book by historian Danielle L. McGuire, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance.

The screening on Mon 4 Jun will be followed by a discussion with
Jan Melia, CEO of Women's Aid
Yassin Brunger, QUB Law
Elaine Crory, QUB Politics
Dr Jennie Carlsten, QUB Film Studies

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