Tarana Burke, prominent Black feminist activist and the founder of the MeToo movement is engaged.
Tamara announced her new engagement on Instagram yesterday. But she almost didn’t disclose ANY details of her happy day.
Tarana told fans that she was reluctant to talk about her new fiancé because in the past – talking about her relationship may have jinxed it. Tarana explained, “Years ago I went ‘public’ with another relationship and was so embarrassed when it ended and I was faced with questions about it.”
So why did she change her mind? Black love – according to Tarana. The MeToo founder told fans, “When I showed one of my girls [these pictures] and shared that I was debating going public she said ‘Black love is to be celebrated.'”
Tarana ended her post by saying, “So today I’m celebrating my love and all of the love spread from my timeline across the world.”
Here’s her post:
An activist since 1989, Tarana Burke moved to Selma, Alabama in the late 1990s after graduating college.
After working with survivors of sexual violence, Burke developed the nonprofit “Just Be” in 2003, which was an all-girls program for young black girls aged 12 to 18. In 2006, Burke founded the Me Too movement and began using the phrase “Me Too” to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society.
In 2008, she moved to Philadelphia and worked at Art Sanctuary Philadelphia and other non-profits. She was a consultant for the 2014 Hollywood movie Selma, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis.
The phrase “Me Too” developed into a broader movement following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. On October 15, 2017, Burke was notified by her friends that the MeToo hashtag was being used online. Burke decided to be in service and shape the movement to make it about “empowermental empathy”. Time named Burke, among a group of other prominent female activists dubbed “the silence breakers”, as the Time Person of the Year for 2017.