Recy Taylor’s story speaks to the intersection of black civil rights and feminist causes.
After more than 70 years, her story is still being told.
“Recy Taylor: a name I know and I think you should know too,” Winfrey said. “In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP — where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice.
“But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago — just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.”
As Winfrey said, Taylor never got justice. Two all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the men who attacked and raped her, even though one of them confessed, according to the New York Times. The case never went to trial, and the seven men who abducted her (six of whom raped her) — Hugo Wilson, Billy Howerton, Read More Here