Facts about Tarana Burke
Tarana Burke Biography
Activist Tarana Burke is credited with starting the Me Too movement, a decade before it became a worldwide social movement that expresses the magnitude of sexual assault as well as empathy for survivors.
A New Yorker, she moved to Alabama for college in the 1990s, then raised a child while working for non-profit organizations. While helping black teens cope with sexual assault and harassment, Burke related her own story in what she called a Me Too approach.
In 2017, when news broke of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein being accused of rape, actress Alyssa Milano began using the hashtag #MeToo and encouraged others who’d experienced assault or sexual harassment to do the same.
Credited with its creation, Burke moved into the spotlight, often at pains to clarify that the idea is for all victims to feel understood, not only women victims. Nonetheless, the Me Too movement has been perceived by many as a specifically feminist movement.