October 21, 2017 • 5:30 PM, 91 MIN
Naval Heritage Center

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Dir. Nancy Buirski, 2017 • USA

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother, was gang raped by six white boys on her way home from church in Alabama in 1944. Though white on black rape was a familiar threat in Jim Crow South, few African American women spoke up, in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists--one of whom lived near her house in Abbeville. The NAACP sent its chief investigator, Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice, before the local sheriff forced her to leave town. Filmmaker Nancy Buirski exposes an ugly legacy of slavery, ignored by the mainstream press of the time--until Recy Taylor.

Post-screening discussion with Nancy Buirski (director) and Janell Ross (The Washington Post).