Co-Founders of A Long Walk Home Salamishah and Scheherazade Tillet co-authored their first op-ed in The New York Times today. The article, titled “After the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary, #MeToo Has Finally Returned to Black Girls,” reflects on the historically invisible presence of Black girls in social justice movements and marks the exposure of R. Kelly as a “seismic cultural shift.” The co-founders send a powerful message to readers to use this momentum to support and center Black girls.

“With each passing day, more young women accuse R. Kelly of sexual assault. That means more people and institutions — with the glaring exception of his label, RCA records — are taking their voices, and, by extension, girls who look like them, seriously.

We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Let’s not squander it.”

A Long Walk Home is a Chicago-based national nonprofit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women.

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