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(February 2, 2015)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission is honored to host the 25th annual Pauli Murray Awards. The event will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, at the Whitted Human Services Building in Hillsborough.

The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, adult and Orange County business owner who serve the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents.

The 2014 award recipients are as follows:

Emma Catanzaro (Youth)

Elizabeth “Binnie” Davis & Walter Faribault, Jr. (Adult)

Music Maker Relief Foundation (Business)

Past winners of the Pauli Murray Award will be acknowledged at this special program, which will feature music by this year’s business winner, Music Maker Relief Foundation, and catering by last year’s business winner, Vimala’s Curryblossom Café.  The winners of the 2014 Student Essay Contest and the 2014 Fair Housing Poster Contest will also be recognized during the event.

Established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Award commemorates the life of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a distinguished and remarkable woman who confronted discrimination, racism and sexism in her own life. 

Dr. Murray’s family had deep roots in Orange County, where her grandmother was a slave and her great-grandfather was a slave owner. During a long distinguished career as a lawyer, professor, priest, poet, and activist, she continued to spread the spirit of conciliation in human relations in the best interest of all Americans.

The Whitted Human Services Building is located at 300 W. Tryon Street in Hillsborough.

For more information about this and other events planned during Human Relations Month, please call James Davis at 919.245.2487.


One of the policies of Orange County is to promote the equal treatment of all individuals; to prohibit discrimination in Orange County based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, familial status, and veteran status; to protect residents’ lawful interests and their personal dignity so as to make available to the County their full productive and creative capacities, and to prevent public and domestic strife, crime, and unrest within Orange County.

To this end, the Orange County Board of Commissioners created the Orange County Human Relations Commission to:

  • Study and make recommendations concerning problems in the field of human relationships
  • Anticipate and discover practices and customs most likely to create animosity and unrest and to seek solutions to problems as they arise
  • Make recommendations designed to promote goodwill and harmony among groups in the County irrespective of their race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status or status with regard to public assistance
  • Monitor complaints involving discrimination
  • Address and attempt to remedy the violence, tensions, polarization, and other harm created through the practices of discrimination, bias, hatred, and civil inequality
  • Promote harmonious relations within the county through hearings and due process of law.

The Orange County Human Relations Commission drafted the Social Justice Goal and the correlating Impact Review Tool to provide a framework for the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and other County government employees, as well as local residents and other stakeholders, to ensure that soical justice is paramount in decision-and policy-making.

For more information or to file a discrimination complaint, call the Orange County Human Relations Commission at 919-245-2487.


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