“The Rape of Recy Taylor”

    March 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    The Rape of Recy Taylor


    Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Dr. Stephanie Troutman and Annie Sykes.
    “On the night of September 3, 1944, a young African-American mother from Abbeville, Alabama, named Recy Taylor was walking home from church with two friends when she was abducted by seven white men, driven away and dragged into the woods, raped by six of the men, and left to make her way home.

    Against formidable odds and endless threats to her life and the lives of her family members, Taylor chose not to remain silent, but instead to bravely speak up and press charges, waging a war for justice that still resonates today. Through archival footage, early “race films,” and heartbreaking personal interviews, award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s (The Loving Story) passionate documentary shines a light on a case that became a turning point in the early Civil Rights Movement, and on the many formidable women—including Rosa Parks—who brought the movement to life. (Dir. by Nancy Buirski, 2017, USA, 91 mins., Not Rated)”

    The Rape of Recy Taylor

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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