September 23, 2021
Ahead of her times and behind the scenes: The Inspirational Life of Pauli Murray
Thursday, September 23, 2021
A poet, writer, labor organizer, legal theorist, and the first African-American woman vested as an Episcopal priest. A life-long activist, who 15 years before Rosa Parks, refused to sit in the back of a bus – and who 20 years before the Greensboro Sit-Ins, organized sit-downs in Washington DC. She earned four advanced degrees and developed friendships with greats from WEB DuBois and Langston Hughes to Thurgood Marshall and Eleanor Roosevelt. She spent her life working to actualize her “single-minded intention of destroying Jim Crow,” and what she coined “Jane Crow.” And yet today, the inspirational life and empowering work of Pauli Murray remains largely unknown to many of our state’s K-12 students.