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44 Days Honoring Black History 

When: Tue., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. 2018
Price: $15
Saint Mary’s College in Moraga got a jump on Black History Month in mid-January, launching “44 Days Honoring Black History.” The program, created to recognize the nation’s 44th president, Barack Obama, culminates in an appearance by Me Too founder Tarana Burke. The movement she began in 2006 to bring attention to sexual abuse and violence perpetrated on young women of color became #MeToo in 2017. Actress Alyssa Milano added the hashtag; creating a social media platform for women — especially women in the workplace — to share accounts of sexual harassment. National and international attention led to a groundswell calling for reform as perpetrators in entertainment, government, high-tech, and other industries were identified. Burke is senior director for the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn, New York. With more than 25 years as an activist, she was included among the men and women honored as TIME magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year, “The Silence Breakers.”
— Lou Fancher
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