#MeToo Creator Tarana Burke To Drop New Year's Eve Ball In Times Square
"I think it's fitting to honor the Me Too movement as we close a historic year and set our intentions for 2018."
December 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm
With a collective "not today, Satan," black women brought us through the muckery of 2017 - dominating in politics, entertainment, activism and advocacy.
That being the case, it seems only right that a black woman should lead us into the new year. On Dec. 31 at precisely 11:59 p.m., Harlem-based activist and founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke, will be doing just that.
Recently cited in Time Magazine's "2018 Person of the Year" issue, Burke has been selected to kick off the 60 second countdown into the New Year, dropping the shimmering Waterford Crystal ball in Times Square.
"I am delighted to be participating in this momentous occasion," Burke said in a press release about the event. "I think it's fitting to honor the Me Too movement as we close a historic year and set our intentions for 2018. With the new year comes new momentum to fuel this work and we won't stop anytime soon."
Although the #MeToo social media campaign gained unprecedented traction in 2017, Burke began the movement over a decade ago to lend support to underprivileged women of color affected by sexual abuse. It has since become a rallying cry for survivors of sexual abuse, assault and harassment.
“New Year’s is a time when we look at the most significant cultural and political moments of the last year, when we look for inspiration by honoring and giving a global platform to those who have made a difference,” Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance, said in the press release. “Tarana Burke’s courage and foresight have changed the world this year, and, we hope, forever. We are honored to have her be part of the 2018 New Year’s celebration.”