Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys 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 sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.
The film 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 work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.
The film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.
During FCASV's Virtual Summit, participants will receive a link to the film allowing them to watch it at their convenience before our film panel discussion on Friday, October 2nd.
Film Discussion Panelists
Na'lmah Ford, Ph.D.
Na'lmah Ford is a subject matter expert on women and gender studies, postcolonialsm, and African American literature. Dr. Ford is a professor at Florida A&M University in the Department of English & Modern Languages and currently serves as the department Chair.
Additionally, she practices her expertise in instructional development through her work as an Instructional Designer. She holds almost 20 years of experience in Higher Education.
Her publications include:
“Sistah from Another Mista: Examining the Familial Bond Between Bride and Brooklyn in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child” in Conflicts in Comradeship: Critical Responses About the Black Family in Toni Morrison's God Help the Child.: Fall 2019
“Pedagogy of Empowerment: Approaches to Teaching Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” College Language Association Journal Special Issue, vol. 60, no. 4, 2018
“Black Americans and American Blacks:” Transatlantic Identity in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.” The Postcolonial Subject in Transit: Migration, Borders, and Subjectivity in African Diaspora Literature. Lexington Books P. 2017
“A Voodoo Queen and A Blood Fiend: An Exploration of Memory and Rememory in Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Yellow Moon.” Race and The Vampire Narrative Sense P. 2014
Danielle McGuire, Ph.D.
Danielle McGuire is an award-winning author and historian of racial and sexual violence. Her first book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance–a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf) won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Lillian Smith Award. She is the editor with John Dittmer of Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement.
McGuire earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and an MA and BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared on National Public Radio, BookTV (CSPAN), CNN, MSNBC.com and dozens of local radio stations throughout the United States, South America and Canada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights, The Hollywood Reporter.com, CNN.com, the Huffington Post, TheGrio and TheRoot.
Takisha Richardson, Esq.
Takisha D. Richardson is an Associate at Cohen Milstein, and a member of the firm’s Complex Tort Litigation practice group, as well as the firm’s Sexual Abuse, Sex Trafficking, and Domestic Violence team. Ms. Richardson focuses on representing child sexual abuse victims and adult survivors of sexual abuse.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Richardson was an Assistant State Attorney and Chief of the Special Victims Unit of the State Attorney’s Office for Palm Beach County. She brings more than a decade of experience both as an attorney and as a supervisor of a team responsible for the prosecution of crimes against children and the elderly, and sexually motivated offenses. Prior to that role, she prosecuted felony cases at all levels and was an Assistant Public Defender.