The Alliance Announces our 2018 Celebration Honoree: Tarana Burke








Tickets are on sale now for the 9th Annual Celebration of Excellence on May 7th! We hope you will join us this year for cocktails, food and festivity, as well as celebrating our Lyda Martinez Awardees and our inaugural Courage and Light Honoree, founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke.
This year’s celebration will begin at 5:30 with a special ceremony honoring our Lydia Martinez awardees. At this time we will welcome the awardees, their friends and families, and members of the rape crisis community. At 6:30, the doors will open for general admission.
Learn more about the incredible work of Tarana Burke:


Tarana has worked in social justice and Black arts and culture for more than twenty-five years. Her long and varied professional career started in Selma, AL where, over the span of a decade, she worked with: the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement helping to develop hundreds of youth leaders across the country; at the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute serving as a curatorial consultant and special projects director helping to organize the annual commemoration and celebration of the Selma Voting Rights Struggle known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee; and as Executive Director of the Black Belt Arts and Cultural Center where she created and oversaw cultural community programs designed for underserved youth. Tarana’s work in Selma earned her a consulting position with the production of the 2014, Oscar nominated film, SELMA directed by the incomparable Ava DuVernay whom she met while serving as Managing Director of Art Sanctuary, a Black arts organization based in Philadelphia.

In 2003 she turned her focus to young women of color and co-founded Jendayi Aza, an African-centered Rites of Passage program for girls. That program eventually evolved into the creation of her non-profit Just Be, Inc. Since its inception, Just Be has served hundreds of girls around the country through unique programming and workshops. Through the work of Just Be, Tarana started the ‘me too.’ Movement, a campaign using the idea of “empowerment through empathy” to help young women of color who are survivors of sexual abuse, assault and exploitation. The campaign is designed to, among other things, train women who are survivors to work in communities of color and fringe communities where there is less access to resources.