#MeToo Founder Cuts Visit to Florida A&M University Short After Confrontation

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Tarana Burke arrives for VH1’s Trail Blazer Honors on February 20, 2019 in Hollywood, CA (Shutterstock.com).

#MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke’s April 19 visit to Florida A&M University (FAMU) ended abruptly after a university employee interrupted her and prevented her from speaking about a program that had not been reviewed by the university.

The activist, who advocates for young women and victims of sexual violence, was visiting the historically Black university as part of her #MeToo HBCU (historically Black colleges and universities) tour. Burke was joined by scholar Yaba Blay and the two spoke about the #MeToo Movement and the HBCU tour, according to student newspaper The Famuan.

“It isn’t a witch hunt, it isn’t an agenda war,” Burke said. “It’s a global movement, it’s about healing in action, supporting survivors and doing the work to end sexual violence.”

Burke began the movement in 2006 to raise…

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3 comments

  • kristylsmith21

    Poorly executed FAMU. You easily could have ended the presentation by saying that the proposal would get a thorough review and that a decision would be announced to the student body at a later time – rather than arguing with your guest in public.

  • kiru1226

    I had no clue about this. Thanks for shining the light. Hopefully, our HBCUs realize that we will hold them accountable with the same jest and vigor as we do other non-black majority institutions.

  • Christy Hicks

    Everything is wrong with this. Not only should the employee be reprimanded, but the university’s accreditation should immediately be investigated in regards to this matter. Tax payer dollars should not go to fund or employ a university or people who do not uphold a basic constitutional right to freedom of speech. Such nonsense.

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