HBCU TourCollege campuses are often the first line of defense in the work to create safe and accountable communities for their students and faculty, and as such, have been instrumental in the growth of the ‘me too.’ movement. Statistically, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) have not been able to move the work forward compared to PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions). The ‘me too.’ HBCU Tour will attempt to explore this disparity and set in motion some strategic actions to close the resource gap. ‘me too.’ founder Tarana Burke and scholar Dr. Yaba Blay, are facilitating this critical work. This multi-city initiative is centered around creating safe and accountable communities for students, faculty and administrators at HBCUs. Each stop includes strategic convenings with campus leaders, a workshop for men and male-identifying individuals, and a fireside chat featuring special guests.
Alabama State University
When: April 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location: Montgomery, ALRSVP
Florida A&M University
With special guest Van Lathan
When: April 19, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location: Tallahassee, FLRSVP
About Tarana Burke
For more than 25 years, activist and advocate Tarana J. Burke has worked at the intersection of racial justice and sexual violence. Fueled by commitments to interrupt sexual violence and other systemic inequalities disproportionately impacting marginalized people, particularly Black women and girls, Tarana has created and led various campaigns focused on increasing access to resources and support for impacted communities, including the ‘me too’ movement.
Since ‘me too.’, the movement she created more than ten years ago, went viral in 2017, Tarana has emerged as a global leader in the evolving conversation around sexual violence and the need for survivor-centered solutions. Her theory of using empathy to empower survivors is changing the way the nation and the world think about and engage with survivors, and her belief that healing isn’t a destination but a journey has touched and inspired millions of survivors who previously lived with the pain, shame and trauma of their assaults in isolation.
About Dr. Yaba Blay
Dr. Yaba Blay is the Dan Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at North Carolina Central University. A native ethnographer and creative producer, her scholarship centers on global Black identities and the politics of embodiment, with particular attention to the lived experiences of Black women and girls. She is one of today’s leading voices on colorism and global skin color politics.
Applauded by O, The Oprah Magazine for her social media activism, Dr. Blay is the creator and producer of a number of online campaigns including #PrettyPeriod – a visual celebration of dark-skinned Black beauty – and #ProfessionalBlackGirl – a webseries and digital community dedicated to celebrating everyday, ‘around-the-way’ #BlackGirlMagic.
Dr. Blay is the author of (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race; and her voice is featured in A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond, a video installation on race relations exhibited in the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
Former NFL player WADE DAVIS is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection sexism, racism and homophobia. Wade creates league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, leads inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, and builds and launches national engagement initiatives.
Beyond his work in sports, Wade currently consults for Netflix, Google, Viacom and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Wade in an inclusive leadership coach, where he challenges senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs of and develop their entire employee population. Wade is a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women and a founding member of VICE’s Inclusion Advisory board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan, Tina Tchen and others.
Wade’s work around gender equality includes partnering with Planned Parenthood, the Ms. Foundation and Huffington Post Women, separately, launching initiatives and PSA’s to define, establish and achieve the political, social and economic equality for women and men. In collaboration with the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up Now, Wade develops curricula and initiatives for male leaders. Additionally, understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Wade built a ‘Men’s Gender Equality Development’ leadership program that he launched with the United Nations and other organizations in 2018.
A former national surrogate for President Obama, Wade has been an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and sports at universities nationally and internationally. Wade Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2014 Wade received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics.
DARNELL L. MOORE is the author of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. He is currently Head of Strategy and Programs at Breakthrough US and is the former Editor-at-Large at CASSIUS (an iOne digital platform) and a senior editor and correspondent at Mic. He is co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire and an editor of The Feminist Wire Books (a series of University of Arizona Press). He is also a writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University.
A prolific writer, Darnell has been published in various media outlets including MSNBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, EBONY, The Root, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Gawker, Truth Out, VICE, Guernica, Mondoweiss, Thought Catalog, Good Men Project and others, as well as numerous academic journals including QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making, Women Studies Quarterly, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, Transforming Anthropology, Black Theology: An International Journal, and Harvard Journal of African American Policy, among others. He also edited the art book Nicolaus Schmidt: Astor Place, Broadway, New York: A Universe of Hairdressers (Kerber Verlag) and has published essays in several edited books.
He assisted in organizing the Black Lives Matters Ride to Ferguson in the wake of Mike Brown’s tragic murder and along with Alicia Garza, Patrisee Cullors, and Opal Tometti (#BlackLivesMatter Co-Founders) developed the infrastructure for the BLM Network.