Over the past few months, #MeToo has become a national movement, with sexual harassment and assault survivors across the country telling their stories and calling out their abusers. But it all started with one woman, Tarana Burke, and now she’s telling her story. On Friday, the Simon & Schuster imprint 37 Ink announced that it is publishing a memoir from Burke, co-written with author asha bendele, called Where the Light Enters: The Founding of the ‘Me Too.’ Movement.
“Using my story as a backdrop, Where the Light Enters: The Founding of the ‘Me Too.’ Movement, will explore what ‘survival’ really looks like by taking the reader through my ordinary, extraordinary journey from victim to survivor to thriver; while providing an understanding of why something like the ‘me too.’ movement was not just necessary for my community but for the world,” Burke said in a statement. “The book will also help readers understand the often overlooked historical connections of the role sexual violence plays in communities of color, specifically Black communities, even today, while exploring ways the same communities have been both complicit and resilient. More than anything, this memoir will provide survivors across the spectrum of sexual abuse a roadmap for healing that helps them understand that the ‘me too.’ movement is more about triumph than trauma and that our wounds, though they may never fully heal, can also be the key to our survival.”
Burke has been organizing on behalf of sexual violence survivors for more than a decade. Now that the #MeToo movement has entered the national spotlight, her book aims to provide a critical perspective and context on the current activism. Burke was one of the honorees of TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year issue, which was awarded to “The Silence Breakers,” and she recently attended the Golden Globes as the guest of actress Michelle Williams.
Where the Light Enters is planned for an early 2019 release.