In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Northwestern’s Women’s Center, in co-sponsorship with the African American Studies Department, Black Arts Initiative, CARE, and The College Feminists, invite you to attend a documentary screening and dialogue mini-series on reproductive justice, featuring films: The Rape of Recy Taylor (April 16th at 4pm in the Forum Room, Deering Library) and Birthright: A War Story (April 23rd at 7pm in Annie Mae Swift Auditorium)
“The Rape of Recy Taylor” synopsis: When gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama, Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, bravely identified her rapists at a time when few women spoke up in fear for their lives. The NAACP sent its rape investigator Rosa Parks to Alabama, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. This film exposes the legacy of racist physical abuse inflicted upon black women, reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story, and highlights their efforts for bodily autonomy that paved the way for today’s generation of activists.
A talk-back dialogue featuring Northwestern Dr. Miriam Petty will follow the film screening. Professor Miriam J. Petty earned her PhD from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and previously taught at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., and Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. Petty writes and teaches about race, stardom, performance, reception, adaptation, and genre and is especially interested in the history of African American representation in Hollywood film.