Recy Taylor's granddaughter to attend State of the Union as Dem's guest

Recy Taylor's granddaughter to attend State of the Union as Dem's guest
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Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellCongressional Black Caucus faces tough decision on Harris, Booker Former staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim Dems offer measure to raise minimum wage to per hour MORE (D-Ala.) is bringing the granddaughter of Recy Taylor to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE's State of the Union address, the congresswoman's office said Tuesday.

Taylor became an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault after she was abducted and raped by six white men in 1944. That case was never brought to trial, even though one of the men involved in the attack confessed. 

Taylor, a native of Alabama, passed away late last month at the age of 97. 

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"Recy Taylor was an American hero and an Alabama treasure who spoke up in the face of racism, hate, and sexual violence," Sewell said in a statement.

"While she is no longer with us today, I think Recy Taylor would be proud to know that her granddaughter, Mary Joyce Owens, is attending the State of the Union in honor of her legacy and our ongoing fight against racism and sexual misconduct."

Taylor's story was recounted in Oprah Winfrey's widely watched speech at the Golden Globes earlier this month. 

The Democratic Women's Working Group is expected to wear all black to the State of the Union to express solidarity for the #MeToo movement, the initiative aimed at raising awareness of the prevalence of sexual misconduct against women.

At the same time, female members of the Congressional Black Caucus are inviting colleagues to wear red pins in Taylor's honor to the State of the Union, Sewell's office said.