Pauli Murray Project Staff



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Barbara Lau

Pauli Murray Project Director

Barbara connects her commitment to justice with her belief in the power of community organizing. She is also the lead developer of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, a newly formed non-profit organization focused on transforming Murray’s childhood home into a center for history, education, the arts and social mobilization.

Lau’s 20 years experience as a folklorist, curator, professor, oral historian, media producer and author includes curating the exhibition Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest; producing To Buy the Sun, an original play about Pauli Murray; co-directing the Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life community mural project; and teaching documentary courses about Durham and LGBTQ history and culture.

She is a recipient of the 2014 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award and the 2012 of the Carlie B. Sessoms Award from the Durham Human Relations Commission for her leadership.

She earned a BA in Sociology/Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in folklore at the University of North Carolina.


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Gabi Brumagin

Student Assistant

Gabi is a freshman at Duke from Richmond, Virginia. She is likely going to major in Biology and minor in Evolutionary Anthropology, and some of her interests include outdoor activities (rock climbing, kayaking, etc) and journalism. Gabi was co-editor of her school’s newspaper, and is currently involved with The Chronicle. She is very excited to start working with the Pauli Murray Project and learn new skills as well as build on some of my existing ones!