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.
SALAMISHAH AND SCHEHERAZADE TILLET:
“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.