Recy Taylor and the “Me Too” Moment of the Civil Rights Movement

Several decades before a virtual tidal wave of sexual assault revelations flooded the national media and brought down numerous sexually deviant and priapic powerful men, the brutal gang rape in 1944 of Mrs. Recy Taylor a young black woman in rural Alabama became one of the sparks that ignited the Civil Rights Movement. A grotesquely brutal incident that quickly became a whispered legend.

The vicious and violent attack struck terror in black communities and was spoken about in hushed tones for years. But children were…