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NCCU and ‘me too.’ Movement Founder Host Conversation

NCCU 'me too' Movement event

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Women’s Center and Daniel T. Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science Yaba Blay, Ph.D., will host ‘me too.’ Movement founder Tarana Burke for a fireside chat and campus and community conversation at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18, in the H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building Auditorium.

Members of the campus community and residents of the Triangle region are invited to the free event, which will examine trends in sexual violence and rape culture on college campuses.

“This college tour is a chance to move beyond social media and give young people a place to process, reflect and strategize,” Blay said. “We are committed to facilitating commitments from HBCUs and helping students and faculty create solutions for safer campuses and communities.”

Burke and Blay are considered two of the most prominent figures at the intersection of dismantling racism and ending sexual violence.

Burke, an activist and advocate for more than 25 years, started the original ‘me too.’ Movement on MySpace a decade before the concept went viral in 2017. She has since emerged as a global leader in the evolving conversation around sexual violence and need for survivor-centered solutions.

Blay is a social media activist and producer of the Professional Black Girl video series that celebrates the multifaceted lives of black women. She became only the second scholar awarded the Daniel T. Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at NCCU in 2015.

“It’s easy to get swept up in the energy of viral moments like the one we’re in with ‘me too’, but we need not forget that they are spurred by real, grassroots movements, typically led by black people and people of color,” Blay said.

Burke said she would like to see more diverse voices engaging in conversations regarding sexual violence.

“Young people, queer, trans, and disabled folks, black women and girls, and all communities of color,” Burke added. “We must hold academic institutions accountable and harness our collective power to create strategies for sustained systemic change.”

Jessie Woo, comedian and host of BET Digital's "BET Breaks" and "Black to Life," will also join Burke and Blay for this insightful conversation. Woo has also been featured on MTV's "Wild 'N Out" as well as BET's "Set Trippin" and its inaugural Her TV Awards show. 

The ‘me too’ HBCU Tour continues in 2019. Registration information can be found at  https://metooHBCU.eventbrite.com.

The event will air live on NCCU’s campus radio station, WNCU, 90.7.

Sexual violence at HBCUs

  • Approximately 40 percent of black women report being subjected to coercive sexual contact by age 18. Source: National Black Women’s Health Project.
  • Just below 10 percent of female HBCU undergraduates reports having undergone a sexual assault since entering college, lower than the rate of 13.7 percent at predominately white institutions.Source: The Sexual Assault of Undergraduate Women at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Journal of interpersonal violence.
  • In a 2008 study of undergraduate women at four HBCUs, 69.2 percent of forced sexual assault victims disclosed the incident to “someone close,” while only 9.9% reported the incident to law enforcement. Source: The Historically Black College and University Campus Sexual Assault (HBCU-CSA) Study.
  • The same 2008 study revealed that three times as many incapacitated (75.6%) as physically forced sexual assault victims (23.1%) indicated that they had been drinking before the incident.
  • Of the 105 HBCUs, only six have created a campus women’s resource center. Those are Spelman College, Bennett College, Howard University, North Carolina Central University, Lincoln University and Tennessee State University. Source: The Emergence of Women's Centers at HBCUs: Centers of Influence and the Confluence of Black Feminist Epistemology and Liberal Education.


Published: Friday, April 12, 2019
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