#MeToo founder to speak in Philadelphia about the genesis of the movement

Former Philadelphian Tarana Burke has worked toward social justice for more than 25 years.

Eric Walter
August 14, 2018 - 1:14 pm
Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist who founded the Me Too movement, attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The woman who started #MeToo will be speaking in Philadelphia on Tuesday night about the genesis of the movement that has united survivors of sexual abuse through the United States and around the world. 

Tarana Burke, an activist and filmmaker, and a survivor of sexual abuse herself, launched "Me Too" more than a decade ago to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault find a common language for telling their stories. #MeToo has since become a rallying cry for people everywhere who have lived through sexual assault and harassment, and it puts the focus back on survivors.

#MeToo survivors, including Burke herself, were featured in Time Magazine in 2017 as Person of the Year.

Tuesday's conversation with Burke, open to the public at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, is part of a speaker series hosted by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

Burke used to live in Philadelphia, where she worked with girls in schools and social service organizations. She has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice. She now lives in New York City, where works as the director of programs at Girls for Gender Equity.