A Space Where They Could Just Be, Tarana Burke
With her organization Just Be Inc., Tarana Burke hopes to create a space for black girls to be themselves.
TARANA BURKE: The name of the program was Just Be Inc, the name of the organization. And it was called that because we believed deeply that black girls needed a space to just exist. One of the things that I think that's the most unfortunate and sad about the way people characterize black children is that our children aren't ever given the space to mess up, to do the things that children do, which is make mistakes, learn from their mistakes, and grow. Our mistakes cost us our lives. They cost us our reputations, you know?
And so we wanted to create a space where these girls could understand that they were worthy, and they were worthy just because they existed. And this is a space where they could just be.