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Learn About the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray at GPL

by Emily Dowie on 2022-03-17T09:00:00-04:00 in Adults, Books & Literature, Children, History & Culture, Teens | 0 Comments

The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray should be a household name. They were an activist, feminist, lawyer, priest, poet, and so ahead of their time. Pauli Murray's influence shifted the movement for justice and is still felt today. They worked to end segregation on public transport and in March 1940, they were arrested and imprisoned for refusing to sit at the back of a bus in Richmond, Virginia.

Murray was first in her class at Howard Law School and the only woman. While they were there, they participated in protests to desegregate public facilities and formed the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) with Bayard Rustin, James Farmer, and George Houser. They were denied admission at Harvard because of their gender, so they finished their post-graduate work at UC Berkeley School of Law. They wrote what's known as the “bible” of civil rights work called States’ Laws on Race and Color. Murray's work inspired the law team that successfully argued Brown v. Board of Education. They co-wrote a law-review article used by Ruth Bader Ginsburg to convince the Supreme Court that the Equal Protection Clause applies to women. They were sainted by the Episcopal Church. 

Find books by and about Dr. Rev. Pauli Murray in our catalog and eLlibrary. Need help? Contact us 914-721-8225

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Register for this Program: An Unbounded Spirit: Pauli Murray's Invitation

Tuesday, March 22, 7 PM

Join us to learn about the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, a groundbreaking twentieth-century human rights activist, legal scholar, feminist, poet, Episcopal priest, labor organizer, and multiracial Black, LGBTQ+ community member. A staff member of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice will teach us about the ways that race, class, gender, and sexuality influenced the Rev. Dr. Murray’s life and how all of us can learn from their legacy today.




My Name Is Pauli Murray Documentary

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