The September Issues

photographed by MARY ROZZI in harlem, ny on march 11, 2018

Born and raised in the Bronx, Tarana Burke has observed firsthand how girls of color have an undue burden of trauma, and too few resources available to heal. From the frontlines, Burke has dedicated decades of work to the fight against sexual violence. In the spirit of empathy and empowerment, Burke founded the Me Too movement in 2006, and has since been at the center of its work, facilitating healing workshops and building political power among survivors. In the last year, Me Too has gone viral with the #MeToo hashtag, and Burke and her colleagues are in the process of rapidly scaling up their crucial, impactful work. Burke is also senior director of Girls for Gender Equity, a Brooklyn nonprofit dedicated to ending gender-based violence, and the author of the forthcoming book Here the Light Enters: The Founding of the ‘Me Too Movement.’ In her free time, Burke maintains a fashion blog with the the help of her daughter Kaia, called “She Slays: A Practical Girl’s Guide to Effortless Style,” which showcases her grace, beauty, and power.

pioneer artwork by TARANA BURKE featured in issue 1