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The Rape of Recy Taylor (15)

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Mon 1 Oct

14:30 19:30

To commemorate Black History Month, we are screening a very powerful and critically-acclaimed documentary from director Nancy Buirski.


Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was sexually assaulted by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.  


The critically acclaimed film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.  


More and more women are now speaking up after rape. This film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage.

From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.


Learn more about Black History Month here.


The Movie Meal Deal (MMD) is available for the 7:30pm screening.

Book your MMD now. You will need to book your film ticket separately.