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Celebrate her history; create our future. Join us as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pauli Murray’s birth and explore the challenges her life offers us now.

 Her grandmother was a slave, baptized at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church on Franklin Street. Her great-grandfather was a lawyer, son of a UNC trustee. She was denied admission to the University on the grounds of race and denied admission to the priesthood on the grounds of gender. Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to stand, Pauli Murray refused to sit in the back of a bus and 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins, she organized restaurant sit-downs in Washington, DC. She won a Fellowship to Harvard Law but was rejected when they discovered “Pauli” was a woman. Historian, attorney, poet, activist, teacher, consultant to Presidents and life-long friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Pauli Murray was the first African-American awarded a law doctorate from Yale, the co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and the first African-American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest. Thurgood Marshall called her writings “the Bible for civil rights lawyers.” Decades ahead of her time, Durham raised Pauli Murray not only lived on the edge of history, she seemingly “pulled it along with her.”
 Co-sponsored with the Duke Human Rights Center by Hidden Voices, The Women’s Center in Chapel Hill and the University of NC-Chapel Hill: Department of Sociology; Social and Economic Justice Minor; Department of Women’s Studies; Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Carolina Women’s Center; Carolina Union Activities Board; Department of African and Afro-American Studies;Program in Latina/o Studies; Carolina Black Caucus; Institute for African American Research; Southern Historical Collection;LGBTQ Center; Feminist Students United; GLBTSA; Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History and the Campaign for Historical Accuracy and Truth.


March 22, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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