Spotlight: A Tribute To Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray

For many years I’ve studied the extraordinary work and contributions of strong, determined and fearless women in history. Or as some may call it now days, herstory. Although my studies have included some of the most reknowned and talked about women of the past and present, I must admit that a few slipped pass me. One of thoses Queens was Pauli Murray who just recently caught my attention so I decided to take this opportunity to shed some much needed light on her. Put some respect on her name!

Anna (Pauli) Murray

Very few women of her stature turned over a new leaf and later became a Deacon then Priest in an Episcopal church. Here’s what I know so far:

Via @herfloeticpotionsbook on Instagram- Anna Pauline Murray also known as Pauli was an American civil rights and women’s rights activist. Murray’s professions were an Attorney, Priest and Author. Born November 20 1910 in Baltimore Maryland.
As I was reading up on historical activists, Murray caught my eye so I decided to share a bit of information on her being that we never heard anything about her in school. I wanted to give her some shine.
Pauli Murray attended Howard University School of Law from 1941-1944 as well as Yale Law School in 1965.

In 1938 she began a campaign to enter the all-white University of North Carolina. With support of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). However, it was not until 1951 that Floyd McKissick became the first African American to be accepted by the University of North Carolina. 1941 Murray enrolled at the Howard University law school with the intention of becoming a civil rights lawyer. The following year she joined with George Houser, James Farmer and Bayard Rustin, to form the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). After Murray graduated from Howard University in 1944 she wanted to enroll at Harvard University to continue her law studies. In her application for a Rosenwald Fellowship, she listed Harvard as her first choice. She was awarded the prestigious fellowship but after the award had been announced, Harvard Law School rejected her because of her gender. Murray went to the University of California Boalt School of Law where she received a degree in law.
In 1956 Murray published Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family, biography of her grandparents, and their struggle with racial prejudice and a poignant portrayal of her hometown of Durham. In 1960 Murray travelled to Ghana to explore her African cultural roots. When she returned President John F. Kennedy appointed her to his Committee on Civil and Political Rights. In the early 1960s Murray worked closely with Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and Martin Luther King but was critical of the way that men dominated the leadership of these civil rights organizations.

In 1977 Murray became the first African American woman to become a Episcopal priest. ➡Via

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