"Me Too" Founder Tarana Burke To Speak At Saint Mary’s College

Me Too Founder Tarana BurkeBefore the #MeToo hashtag galvanized the nation’s attention on sexual harassment, Tarana Burke had already started a movement against sexual abuse of women. Founder of the 2006 "Me Too" campaign to call attention to sexual violence and abuse affecting young women of color, Burke will speak at Saint Mary’s College of California on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. Burke is the featured guest speaker for the College’s 44 Days Honoring Black History series.

TIME magazine recognized Burke among the voices that launched a national reckoning on sexual harassment and assault in its feature on "The Silence Breakers," a group the magazine named the 2017 Person of the Year. “Sexual harassment does bring shame. And I think it's really powerful that this transfer is happening, that these women are able not just to share their shame but to put the shame where it belongs: on the perpetrator,” said Burke in the TIME article.

Burke’s advocacy against sexual violence has been prominently featured in the media recently, with the activist making appearances on national news broadcasts and at the Golden Globes, and ringing in 2018 as the special guest for the Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop in New York City.

Burke is senior director for the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity and director and founder of Just Be Inc., a youth organization focused on the well-being of young women of color. She has worked in social justice and arts and culture for more than twenty years. Her experience includes leadership roles with the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, Black Belt Arts and Cultural Center, and organizing the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, a commemoration of the Selma voting rights struggle.

Event Details:

  • When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018  
  • Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, Calif. 94556
  • Cost: $15 general public; free for SMC students, staff, faculty and alumni 

Background: Burke’s appearance at Saint Mary’s College is part of the ongoing 44 Days Honoring Black History celebration series. A nod to President Barack Obama, the nation's 44th commander in chief, the initiative highlights the rich contributions of Black culture to the nation, world, and SMC campus. Series programming has included a Mass to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will feature events throughout February, Black History month, such as a Black Convocation breakfast with President James Donahue, film screenings, academic lectures, service opportunities, and student-centered events and workshops. For more information, visit stmarys-ca.edu/inclusive-excellence/44-days-celebration or call (925) 631-4222 or email media@stmarys-ca.edu.


Michael McAlpin
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222 office

About SMC
The Saint Mary's College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For more than 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church's oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary's College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.