Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke
Born September 12, 1973 in the Bronx, New York

Civil rights activist
  • In 1997 founded Just Be Inc., an organization that promotes wellness of young female minorities aged 12-18
  • Founder of the 'me too' movement in 2006, creating a safe space for women to speak up and fight back against sexual misconduct 
  • Named by Time to be among a group of other prominent activists dubbed 'the silence breakers' as the Time Person of the Year for 2017
  • Serves as Senior Director at Girls for Gender Equality in Brooklyn

"Inherently, having privilege isn't bad, but it's how you use it, and you have to use it in service of other people."

On the Me Too movement: "Women have been speaking up for years about harassment and abuse. 'Me Too' has just created cover for those who didn't feel safe enough to speak up. The movement didn't 'create' the concept of speaking out, it just allowed people to hear us better as a chorus and not a solo."
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