The trailer features audio of Taylor, who is now 97 years old, recounting the 1944 rape. A group of armed White men in her hometown of Abbeville, Alabama, kidnapped and raped her while she was walking home from church. While fear kept many Black women quiet in the aftermath of assault, the 24-year-old mother refused to stay silent. She worked with Rosa Parks, then a sexual violence investigator for the NAACP, to generate outcry and demand accountability. Her assailants never faced jail time, but the organizing focused attention on the endemic racist sexual violence that Black women face. In 2011, the Alabama Senate issued Taylor an official state apology.
“The Rape of Recy Taylor” will appear in theaters on December 15.