Civil Rights Activist Recy Taylor, Dies At 97

by Yah Yah

Recy Taylor, a Black woman from Abbeville, Alabama whose rape by six white men in 1944 and her lengthy battle for justice, gained national attention and was a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

According to her brother, Robert Corbitt, Taylor died in her sleep at a nursing home in her hometown of Abbeville, stating that his sister had been in good spirits the previous day and that her death was sudden. During a telephone interview, Corbitt told NBC, “[She was] a brave woman and a fighter who tried her best to get it known all over the world,”

In 2011, the Alabama Legislature apologized to Ms. Taylor “for its failure to prosecute her attackers.”We recently featured the first trailer for Nancy Buirski’s forthcoming documentary, The Rape of Recy Taylor which earned the Human Rights Nights Special Prize for Human Rights at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

We are thankful that Recy Taylor was able to tell her story in her own words before her passing.

A wake for Recy Taylor will be held on Thursday, January 4th from 6-8PM at the New Mt Zion Free Will Baptist Church, 332 Rock Hill Cir, Abbeville, AL.

The funeral will then take place the following day, Friday, January 5th at 11 AM at the Mary Magdalene Baptist Church on Girard St in Abbeville, AL.

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