Brave Civil Rights Activist Recy Taylor Dies

By Clarissa Hamlin

Recy Taylor, who spearheaded an anti-rape activism movement in the Jim Crow South after she was abducted and brutally raped by six White men in 1944, passed away in Abbeville, Alabama on Thursday. She was 97.

Taylor had been in good spirits on Wednesday before her sudden death in her sleep at a nursing home just three days before her 98th birthday, her brother Robert Corbitt said to The Associated Press. The brave woman was only 24 years old when she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted while she walked home from an Alabama church. Her case drew the attention of Rosa Parks, who the NAACP assigned to investigate the unprovoked attack. However, justice never came for Taylor.

Recy Taylor, Alabama woman whose abduction and rape by six white men in 1944 made national headlines, dies https://t.co/gvqZvrLH5D via @NBCBLK pic.twitter.com/XffJglrv3A

— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 29, 2017

The six men who admitted to having violated Taylor got off after two all-white, all-male grand juries failed to indict them. Years later after the men’s deaths, Taylor expressed that she still wanted officials to make amends. “It would mean …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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