Marc Lamont Hill and Tarana Burke Talk New Book Advocating for Black Women

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Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, talks to “Black News Tonight” host Marc Lamont Hill about her new memoir “Unbound.” 

The “Me Too” movement is arguably one of largest empowerment movements in our current history. Its founder, activist Tarana Burke, has shared her sexual assault story and encouraged other survivors to know that they are not alone in their trauma.  

Burke joined Marc Lamont Hill on his primetime show Black News Tonight to talk about her recently published memoir Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too MovementIn the book, the Bronx native speaks about her upbringing and the assault that led to founding the Me Too movement. All of the events shaped her into becoming the powerful advocate for Black and Brown girls and women she is today.  

According to Hill, critics are hailing the memoir to be as riveting as Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. A comparison Burke says she shies away from. 

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“Those are the holy grails,” Burke responded. “I just wanted to be honest and I wanted to tell my story. And I wanted to make sure I connected first and foremost to other Black girls and Black women like myself.” 

Burke has been doing the work to create a community for sexual assault survivors through the Me Too phrase since 2006. The activist starts her book with a scene where Me Too was thrust into the spotlight in 2017, when actress Alyssa Milano told women to share their experiences with sexual harassment and violence on Twitter using the hashtag me too.  

“This world is not going to believe that a 44-year-old Black woman from the Bronx has been doing this work for a decade,” she said of Milano’s failure to credit her.  

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The author also spoke with Hill about the hurtful notion that she and the movement are out to destroy men, specifically Black men, when they call out predators such as Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. 

“If there are people in the community trying to harm others in the community, they should be accountable for that,” Burke said.  “Accountability to me is another form of love. And if we really love our people, we have to able to hold them accountable when they harm us.” 

To hear more watch the full interview below: 

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