Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

by Tarana Burke

Hardcover, 2021




Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book (2021), 272 pages


Biography & Autobiography. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML: "Tarana Burke, I just finished Unbound. Searing. Powerful. Needed!! Thank you." �??Oprah "Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories. Tarana's words are a testimony to liberation and love." �??Brené Brown One of BookPage's 10 Best Audiobooks of 2021 This program is read by the author. From the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the "me too" movement, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful words�??me too�??and how she brought empathy back to an entire generation in one of the largest cultural events in American history. Tarana didn't always have the courage to say "me too." As a child, she reeled from her sexual assault, believing she was responsible. Unable to confess what she thought of as her own sins for fear of shattering her family, her soul split in two. One side was the bright, intellectually curious third generation Bronxite steeped in Black literature and power, and the other was the bad, shame ridden girl who thought of herself as a vile rule breaker, not as a victim. She tucked one away, hidden behind a wall of pain and anger, which seemed to work...until it didn't. Tarana fought to reunite her fractured self, through organizing, pursuing justice, and finding community. In her debut memoir she shares her extensive work supporting and empowering Black and brown girls, and the devastating realization that to truly help these girls she needed to help that scared, ashamed child still in her soul. She needed to stop running and confront what had happened to her, for Heaven and Diamond and the countless other young Black women for whom she cared. They gave her the courage to embrace her power. A power which in turn she shared with the entire world. Through these young Black and brown women, Tarana found that we can only offer empathy to others if we first offer it to ourselves. Unbound is the story of an inimitable woman's inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her, but it is also a story of possibility, of empathy, of power, and of the leader we all have inside ourselves. In sharing her path toward healing and saying "me too," Tarana reaches out a hand to help us all on our own journeys. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron… (more)

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LibraryThing member reader1009
audio nonfiction/memoir (narrated by the author)

this is a painful topic and one that is not easy to listen to, even if you haven't experienced this degree of trauma personally, but that lends even more importance in the act of listening and understanding and acknowledging. And there can be real
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value in tears shed in sympathy and/or empathy.
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LibraryThing member Dairyqueen84
Wow! What a powerful book. It was eye-opening to discover the true beginning of the me too. movement before the hashtag. I knew it had started before the hashtag but I didn't know the full story. And what a heartbreaking and courageous story it is. I couldn't put it down.
LibraryThing member DonnasBookAddiction
I listened to the audiobook read by Tarana Burke. The killing of 15 year old Latasha Harlins was an injustice that was unknown to me until reading about it in this memoir, or Annie Lee Cooper, an African-American civil rights activist in the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement, who is best known for
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punching Dallas County, Alabama Sheriff Jim Clark and being shoved to the ground. Living in Marion, Alabama, 28 miles from Selma, I was made aware of the historical significance behind the voters right movement and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that was caused by the shooting and death of Jimmie Lee Jackson which inspired the March in 1965, a major event in the movement that helped gain congressional passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This opened the door to millions of African Americans being able to vote again in Alabama and across the Southern United States, regaining participation as citizens in the political system for the first time since the turn of the 20th century.

“Sexual violence doesn’t discriminate, but the response to it does.”

I’m grateful to Tarana Burke for her hard work and bringing awareness to sexual violence and creating the Me Too movement. Although I have never personally experienced sexual assault, but I have heard several accounts of incest involving family.

I was especially enlightened to read (listen) to Burke speak on her journey and work in Selma. Alabama, particularly with Rose and Hank Sanders, Malika Sanders and Ms. Joanne Bland. I have met, crossed paths, and encountered this persons in various ways. However, I was unaware of their misgivings toward Ms. Burke during those times. As Senator Malika Sanders Fortier took the congressional seat in my district of Perry County, she has taken ill and her father, Henry “Hank“ Sanders is currently running for her senate seat once again. I adore and admire the work of Ms. Joanne Bland.

This memoir was such an eye opener and a profound revelation. I hope that Tarana Burke keeps working within the organization’s that she is dedicated to and continues to make a positive impact on herself and others lives.
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LibraryThing member Bodagirl
Burke's memoir is by turn absolutely heart-breaking and inspiring. Her pain at her work possibly being overlooked and appropriated was so palpable and set the tone for the rest of the book. Such an important read for the current feminist movement.
LibraryThing member psalva
This book moved me to tears and and filled me with rage. Burke gives us a powerful memoir that chronicles her journey to creating the Me Too Movement in 2005. She writes about the sexual violence she experienced as a child, her involvement in youth leadership, and how talking with other survivors
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of abuse led her to the theory of “empowerment through empathy.” This is a vital book that highlights the power of language, communication, and connection through shared experiences.
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272 p.; 9.35 inches


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