Ujamaa Place presented a series of events starting in February to commemorate Black History & Culture starting in February with “A Minute In Black History” to activate the spirit of our ancestors, followed by a March celebration of Black Women that honored Recy Taylor. This video follows a full day commemoration that started with an exhibition featuring Black History art, music and dance and a special tribute to Recy Taylor by her beloved family and “Philando Castile Healing Hearts” exhibit by Christina Benz. The afternoon tribute to Recy Taylor included a warm welcome from Ujamaa Place President / CEO Otis Zanders, acknowledgements from Chief John Harrington, Ujamaa Place Board Chair and a special dance honoring Recy Taylor from the sensational dancers from The Art of Dance in the Twin Cities. Their dance to “Glory” was selected by the students to reflect the love and feeling they have for Recy Taylor and her fight for justice. Guests then watched the film “The Rape of Recy Taylor”, followed by a powerful song by nationally acclaimed singer, Kathleen Johnson, singing Recy Taylor’s favorite song accompanied by her nephew, Henry Murry.
The panel discussion that followed the film was moderated by VP of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Artika Tyner. Panelists were (r. to l.): Henry Murry, Recy Taylor’s Nephew Monique Linder, Founder of OMG Media Solutions/Producer Aisha Walker, Recy Taylor’s great-granddaughter C.J., Star Tribune Columnist/Fox 9 Contributor Bukola Oriola, Member U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Civil Rights Attorney / Activist Beth Hawkins, Education Journalist Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Civil Rights Attorney / Activist The panel discussion was followed by a reflection reception.
Recy Taylor’s family wants her story to be told truthfully to honor her life and legacy. Recy Taylor was never silent. She spoke up. Though justice was never served in the crime, Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor successfully led a campaign, under the threat of death, that gave Black women a voice, courage, strength and determination to tell their story. Under the organization they founded, the Alabama Committee for Equal Justice, they waged war on injustice to hold the men accountable for the crime. It was Recy Taylor’s story that was the catalyst for the Montgomery bus boycott that ignited the civil rights movement. Recy Taylor’s family would like to see her story told truthfully to honor her life and legacy. Credits: Monique Linder, Producer OMG Media Solutions Mike Ekern, Photographer University of St. Thomas C.J., Videographer Wedonna Morris, Abbeville, AL Photos Thank you to all who made the day possible.