The Rape of Recy Taylor

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

The Rape of Recy Taylor exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing fight for justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

DocDays screening: Curzon DocDays and UN Women present the UK premiere screening of The Rape of Recy Taylor, followed by a panel discussion, featuring:

  • Nancy Buirski, Director of The Rape of Recy Taylor
  • Baroness Manzoor CBE, Conservative Peer, who currently serves on the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee and previously was Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality
  • Yomi Adegoke, a multi-award nominated Senior Writer at The Pool
  • Hosted by award-winning international journalist and broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney

Thursday 22 March 6.30pm, Curzon Soho.

With thanks to UN Women and Modern Films.


Nancy Buirski



Running Time:

91 minutes


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