Me Too founder Tarana Burke is ready to take her message to HBCUs across the country. The activist has launched an official HBCU tour aimed at promoting anti-sexual violence.
The activist and social justice advocate announced the five-stop tour on Wednesday where she will visit historically black colleges and universities to discuss sexual violence on college campuses. The “Me Too HBCU tour” will take place in April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and will be co-hosted by Burke and cultural scholar Yaba Blay.
According to the event’s website, the tour will include “in-depth conversations and strategy sessions centered around creating safe and accountable communities for students, faculty, administrators,”. “
This has been a vision of mine for many, many years,” Burke wrote on Instagram. “Every year during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) college campuses around the country turn their focus towards dealing with sexual violence but very little activity happens on HBCU campuses during SAAM even though we know it’s happening!”
The Me Too HBCU tour stops include Howard University, Atlanta University Center, Alabama State University, North Carolina Central University and Florida A&M University.
Burke spoke with The Root about the goal of the tour being to highlight “a broader spectrum of survivors.”
“Young black people across the diaspora ― along spectrums of class, gender, sexuality, and ability ― rely on and invest in HBCUs not to just facilitate an education, but to keep them safe while doing so,” she said. “We’re holding academic institutions accountable and harnessing our collective power to create strategies for sustained systemic change.”
Admission to each stop is free, but registration is encouraged. Head over to the tour’s website to read more about the Me Too HBCU tour and get more information on the tour below.
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I’m SO EXCITED to finally announce this!! This has been a vision of mine for many, many years. Every year during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) college campuses around the country turn their focus towards dealing with sexual violence but very little activity happens on HBCU campuses during SAAM even though we know it’s happening! I spoke at more than 70 schools in 2018 (I know, right! 😳) and only two HBCUs 😐 and I wanted to change that. This year I teamed up with my girl @fiyawata (the original @professionalblackgirl) to bring this right to the yard and provide a space for HBCU students to talk, vent, strategize and heal. 💕 Sponsored in part by @lifetimetv and @the.root #Repost @metoomvmt ・・・ We are so excited to announce that in exactly two weeks, we’ll be kicking off the ‘me too.’ HBCU Tour featuring ‘me too.’ founder Tarana Burke (@taranajaneen), scholar Dr. Yaba Blay (@fiyawata) and special guests! This multi-city initiative is centered around creating safety and accountability for students, faculty and administrators. We have partnered with some of the country’s finest institutions – Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), to have real conversations about sexual assault and consent on campus. Each tour stop includes a strategic convening, a workshop for male-identifying individuals, and a fireside chat featuring a special guest. To get updates about specific stops, register using the link in our bio. #metooHBCU #metoo #metoomvmt #believesurvivors