Pauli Murray was a prolific writer throughout her life. Preeminent scholar Patricia Bell Scott has written, “Whenever Murray was asked to name the accomplishments of which she was most proud, she consistently placed her writing at the top of the list. Clearly, it was her desire that assessments of her life consider the merits of all the work she left behind. Along with a brilliant record of activism, Murray left poetry that is a bridge between the writers of the Harlem Renaissance and the black cultural arts movement of the sixties.” More
In 1978, Pauli Murray published Dark Testament and Other Poems which included the following:
DARK TESTAMENT: VERSE 8
Listento Courtney Reid-Eaton’s reading of this poem from the July 1, 2009 Episcopal Service honoring Pauli Murray at St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham, North Carolina.