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Oprah Winfrey Visits Recy Taylor’s Native Town To Pay Tribute To The Brave Woman

Date January 25, 2018

Recy Taylor was the first African-American woman who lit the sparkle of the Civil Rights Movement. Her sad life story has captured the public attention after the growth of the MeToo movement. Recently, Oprah Winfrey visited the town of Abbeville, where Taylor suffered a tragic injustice.

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Recy Taylor’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.

A terrible case, which happened to Recy Taylor in her native town of Abbeville, won’t leave anyone indifferent. It happened in 1944, at the time when women’s rights had no power. Recy was kidnapped and raped by six white men after she walked home from church.

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At that time, instead of punishing its assailants, Abbeville's legal system made a decision to keep the crime a secret. The town’s sheriff told Taylor to keep silent about what happened to her. No charges were ever brought against the assailants.

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Recy’s story had been ignored by all mainstream media outlets, and it was just a black-owned newspaper which helped shed some light on the case in Abbeville and forced Alabama’s government to act.

Taylor’s story was among the first instances of nationwide protest and activism among the African American community.

Oprah's tribute to Recy Taylor

Oprah Winfrey mentioned Taylor’s sad story during her inspirational speech at the Golden Globes 2018.

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Winfrey said that for too long, women all over the world have not been heard, but their time has come. She also mentioned the importance of helping all women tell their true stories.

What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough, and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.

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 You can watch Oprah's inspirational speech in this video:

Recently, Winfrey visited Recy’s native town of Abbeville. She came to see Taylor’s grave and pay tribute to this strong woman, who passed away in her sleep at the age of 97. Oprah said it was an emotional moment for her to visit that place after sharing her story about the woman she never knew.

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Recy Taylor was a great woman, and we will always remember her significant contribution in the fight for justice and civil rights.

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