“True Community is based upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.”
In 1977, Pauli Murray was the first African American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest and in 2012 she was elevated to be an Episcopal Saint. She offered the Eucharist for the first time at the Chapel Hill church where her enslaved grandmother had been baptized.
“It has taken me almost a lifetime to discover that true emancipation lies in the acceptance of the whole past, in deriving strength from all my roots, in facing up to the degradation as well as the dignity of my ancestors.”
Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life mural project used Murray’s image in its work with more than 1500 people. The project was sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project.
Pauli Murray as a toddler with her parents and siblings. After her mother’s death, Murray moved to the Durham home of her aunt, Pauline Fitzgerald Dame, a teacher.
To Buy the Sun, an original play about Pauli Murray written by Lynden Harris and directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams was produced in collaboration with Hidden Voices. It opened in January 2011 and our goal is a national tour in 2013.
1926 Hillside High School Graduate of Distinction, Murray edited the school newspaper and competed with the debate team.
Our goal is to renovate Pauli Murray’s childhood home in Durham, NC as a center for dialogue, education, the arts, and social activism. Help us create a national memorial to her groundbreaking life and contribute to her home community.
Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt’s decades of friendship began when Murray asked Franklin Roosevelt for help after she was denied admission to UNC – Chapel Hill because of her race. Eleanor replied with a personal letter.
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