Lawmakers wore black in solidarity during President Trump’s “State of the Union” address and some even wore pins in honor of the late Recy Taylor Tuesday evening, NBC reports.
Members of both the Congressional black Caucus and the Democratic Caucus reportedly adorned red “Recy” pins in honor of the woman whose story of triumph–and tragedy–was made public during Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes earlier this month.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, (D-New Jersey), organized the tribute. She told NBC that Taylor’s story “represents that of many marginalized women who have spoken up, spoken out and have long been ignored.”
“The transformative movement that’s happening in this country around sexual misconduct must include amplifying the voices of victims that we, in some cases, chose not to hear,” Watson Coleman said. “Beyond her terrifying experience, Ms. Taylor, herself, is a representation of the many communities this Administration has chosen to leave behind.”
In the summer of 1944 Taylor’s life was forever altered. While on her way home from church at age 24 in Alabama, she was abducted by six White men who raped her. Despite being told that she would be killed if she reported the incident to officials, Taylor bravely came forward anyway and made national headlines.
Unfortunately, the men were never prosecuted or convicted for their crimes.
Taylor died last month at the age of 97.
Mary Joyce Owens, 59, is Taylor’s granddaughter. She was a guest of Alabama Rep. Terri A. Sewell at the address.
“It’s a privilege and honor. Who would’ve thought my ma’dear would be this popular after death,” Owens said. “I’m humbly grateful.”