Danielle L. McGuire, in her book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (2010), details how beginning in the 1940’s, a significant number of brave African-American women began giving testimony of their experiences as victims of sexual violence, even as they were simultaneously denied countless human and legal rights. The book provides us with insight into how black women's protesting against and resisting their ritualistic sexual victimization at the hands of white men helped establish the beginnings of the American Civil Rights movement. The courage of these women inspired us to name our project, “The Testimony Project, Washington, D.C.” The following are selected quotes from McGuire's book.
We invite you to consider giving testimony as a way of protesting the deeply harmful and destructive ways in which our society treats victims-survivors and rape culture.
McGuire, Danielle L. 2010. At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. Kindle Edition. New York, NY: Vintage, Random House. https://www.amazon.com/At-Dark-End-Street-Resistance/dp/0307389243