Girls for Gender Equity, founder of ‘me too.’ Movement
Tarana has worked in social justice and Black arts and culture for more than twenty-five years. During this time, she has worked with the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute as Executive Director of the Black Belt Arts and Cultural Center, and consulted on the 2014 Oscar-nominated film Selma. In 2003, she 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 across 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.