Events & Dialogues

Meet your neighbors, learn more about Durham’s history, practice community with us. Our events and dialogues are an opportunity to discuss issues that shape our lives and to think about how learning more about the past can help us move forward together.

We welcome your feedback about our Pauli Murray Project events and initiatives.

Pauli’s Durham Walking Tour: a History of Racial Segregation in the West End Neighborhood

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice 906 Carroll Street Durham, NC 27701 (MAP)

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From Selma to Stonewall – Film Screening and Panel Discussion

  Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Smith Warehouse Bay 4 (MAP) Free parking available in the Visitor’s lot on Maxwell and Buchanan

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From Selma to Stonewall – Reckoning with our Past, Shaping our Future – Worship Service at Goodson Chapel

Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School (MAP) Paid parking available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck

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Pauli’s Durham Walking Tour – June 24 Tour Rescheduled to July 1 due to weather.

Pauli’s Durham Walking Tour – June 24 Tour Rescheduled to July 1 due to weather.

Theater, history, dance and storytelling woven together in an educational tour of Durham’s West End neighborhood.

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Museums as Catalysts for Social Change – Jennifer Scott Talk – Tuesday, March 21 @ 5 p.m.

Museums as Catalysts for Social Change – Jennifer Scott Talk – Tuesday, March 21 @ 5 p.m.

Join us for this free talk and reception at Rubenstein Library on Duke’s West Campus.

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Homecoming Celebration of National Historic Landmark Designation – Saturday April 1, 2017

Homecoming Celebration of National Historic Landmark Designation – Saturday April 1, 2017

All Are Welcome! Join NPS and our elected officials, poets, family and community leaders for this momentous occasion.

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Tina Lu – First Faculty at Yale’s Pauli Murray College at Duke

Tina Lu – First Faculty at Yale’s Pauli Murray College at Duke

Thursday, February 23 @ 5 p.m. Rubenstein Library, Duke West Campus

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Pauli Murray Family Home Designated National Historic Landmark

Pauli Murray Family Home Designated National Historic Landmark

On January 11, the Department of the Interior named 24 new National Historic Landmarks and the Pauli Murray Family Home was one of them.

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Pauli Murray Birthday Celebration – November 20 @ 4 p.m.

Pauli Murray Birthday Celebration – November 20 @ 4 p.m.

Join us for cake, celebration, spoken word and theater at Lyon Park Community Center

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To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray – Original Play December 1-4

To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray – Original Play December 1-4

Performances of this original play in Durham in Pauli Murray’s historic neighborhood at the Lyon Park Community Center.

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Pauli Murray Family Home Moves One Step Closer to Landmark Status

Pauli Murray Family Home Moves One Step Closer to Landmark Status

The Pauli Murray Family Home is one step away from National Historic Landmark designation. Our nomination is awaiting signature by the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell.

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Sparkling in the Darkness: Joy in Pauli Murray’s story

Join us Tuesday 9/27/16 @ 7 p.m. for a talk by Mary Moschella about making room for joy in pastoral care.

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Durham Civil Rights Online Map ReLaunch – May 14 @ 10 a.m.

Durham Civil Rights Online Map ReLaunch – May 14 @ 10 a.m.

Try out the new map online or on your own device – Its easy and Its fun!
Build your own walking tour based on Durham’s history of civil and human rights activism

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Community Dialogues – Faith, Trauma & Healing on 4/11 & 4/18

Community Dialogues – Faith, Trauma & Healing on 4/11 & 4/18

Please join in this important conversation about creating faith communities open to all.

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Speaking Power Poetry Prose & Sermon Slam – Friday, April 1 @ 5:00 p.m.

Speaking Power Poetry Prose & Sermon Slam – Friday, April 1 @ 5:00 p.m.

Start your weekend with community visions for Transforming Sacred Space – Join us at The Vault, 1104 Broad Street – Free and Open to All

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The Firebrand & the First Lady – Reading/Book Signing with Author Patricia Bell-Scott

The Firebrand & the First Lady – Reading/Book Signing with Author Patricia Bell-Scott

February 23 @ 7:00 p.m. Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd. Bay 4 — Free and Open to All

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Reflections on Charleston Community Gathering February 9 @ 7 p.m.

Reflections on Charleston Community Gathering February 9 @ 7 p.m.

A conversation on Faith & Race with survivors of the deadly shooting at Emmanuel AME.

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Pauli Murray Birthday Party – November 20 @ 6 p.m.

Pauli Murray Birthday Party – November 20 @ 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join in the CELEBRATION!

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Exhibit Event: Speaking Power – October 16 @ 6 p.m.

Exhibit Event: Speaking Power – October 16 @ 6 p.m.

Join Us for a Poetry, Performance & Sermon Slam – All are Welcome – Hosted by Kimberly McCrae at The Scrap Exchange 2050 Chapel Hill Road (Rear of Lakewood Shopping Center)

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New Partnership will Transform Pauli Murray Childhood home

New Partnership will Transform Pauli Murray Childhood home

The Pauli Murray childhood home is beginning its journey to a National Historic Site with the help of new partnerships and donations

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Pauli Murray Exhibit Opens August 21 @ 6 p.m.

Pauli Murray Exhibit Opens August 21 @ 6 p.m.

Please join us in this celebration of the life and legacy of Pauli Murray.

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4th Annual Pauli Murray Service at St. Titus’ Episcopal – July 1 @ 7 p.m.

4th Annual Pauli Murray Service at St. Titus’ Episcopal – July 1 @ 7 p.m.

A community wide gathering to lift up the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray at 400 S. Moline Street, Durham.

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Historic Fitzgerald Family Cemetery Ceremony – Monday, May 25 @ 10 a.m.

Historic Fitzgerald Family Cemetery Ceremony – Monday, May 25 @ 10 a.m.

Join us at this 20th Anniversary gathering to honor Union Army veteran Robert Fitzgerald and his family’s contributions to Durham and the nation.

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Pauli Murray Birthday Celebration November 23 @ 3:00 – Lyon Park Community Center

Pauli Murray Birthday Celebration November 23 @ 3:00 – Lyon Park Community Center

What are the Pauli Murray’s of today talking about? Join us and find out. AND CAKE TOO!

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NEW Durham LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide

NEW Durham LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide

Help make our community safe and supportive of all our youth. Check out this great new resource for families, and social service, community, and youth organizations.

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July 25, 2014: Pictures & Highlights from the Pauli Murray Exhibit opening in Charlotte

July 25, 2014: Pictures & Highlights from the Pauli Murray Exhibit opening in Charlotte

Learn more about Pauli Murray’s life and human rights activism. Pictures from the Opening!

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LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide Project UPDATE

LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide Project UPDATE

Is this a dialogue you want to join? Sign Up Today!

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Proud Shoes Labyrinth at Pauli Murray House

Proud Shoes Labyrinth at Pauli Murray House

Walk and Reflect at the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.

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Meditation on Pauli Murray from Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

Meditation on Pauli Murray from Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

Sing Me a Song of Hope and a World That I Can Sing It

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Memorial Day Cemetery Ceremony – May 26, 2014 10 a.m.

Memorial Day Cemetery Ceremony – May 26, 2014 10 a.m.

Honor the military service of the Fitzgerald Family. Learn more about the restoration of the Fitzgerald/Murray House.

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Mayor Proclaims May 26 Fitzgerald Family Day in Durham

Mayor Proclaims May 26 Fitzgerald Family Day in Durham

Join us May 26 at Maplewood Cemetery for the annual Fitzgerald Family Ceremony – All Welcome!

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YOUTH PROPHECY POETRY CONTEST

YOUTH PROPHECY POETRY CONTEST

Cash Prizes for Durham Poets ages 12-19. Submission open from February 1- March 31, 2014. Awards announced in April, 2014.

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Kaleidoscope Activism Day – Gender Still Matters

Kaleidoscope Activism Day – Gender Still Matters

Duke Students engage campus and community in exploration gender equality

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News Coverage – Read about our work to save Pauli Murray’s childhood home

Check out this article in the News & Observer by Tammy Grubb.

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Pauli Murray House Spruce Up and Birthday Party, Weekend of November 16

Pauli Murray House Spruce Up and Birthday Party, Weekend of November 16

November 16: Pauli Murray House Spruce Up & November 17: Pauli Murray Birthday Party/Update on Restoration of the Pauli Murray House – All Welcome

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Stories of Transformation Evening Event Friday, November 8, 2013

Stories of Transformation Evening Event Friday, November 8, 2013

Opening Event for Deep Change: Full Selves, Whole Movements

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Help us put Pauli’s home on solid ground!

Help us put Pauli’s home on solid ground!

Raise the roof & rebuild the foundation of Pauli Murray’s childhood home.

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Pauli Murray and the March on Washington

Pauli Murray and the March on Washington

Check out the WUNC Radio Show about the March on Washington and a few pictures from our DC trip.

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Stepping Into Durham’s Long Civil Rights Movement: A Downtown Walking Tour – Saturday August 3 @ 10 a.m.

Stepping Into Durham’s Long Civil Rights Movement: A Downtown Walking Tour – Saturday August 3 @ 10 a.m.

Connect social justice activism across issues and time – walk with us through Durham’s history of taking it to the streets.

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Letter to the Present Moment

Letter to the Present Moment

Collaboratively created poem from our recent Feminism & Human Rights Gathering. Listen Now!

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News Coverage – Read about the July Celebration of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

News Coverage – Read about the July Celebration of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

All are invited to honor Saint Pauli Murray at this annual celebration. The service will feature fantastic music, a moving message and a welcoming reception.

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Pauli Murray Center sign now at historic childhood home

Pauli Murray Center sign now at historic childhood home

Announcing the future home of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice at 906 Carroll Street. Thanks to the May 4 Work Day volunteers who made this all happen!

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Pauli Murray Film Trailer from TimeTravel Productions

Pauli Murray Film Trailer from TimeTravel Productions

Check out this five minute preview of a new film Margo Guernsey is working on about Pauli Murray

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IF YOU MISSED Bishop Michael Curry Speak on Pauli Murray as Durham’s First Saint

IF YOU MISSED Bishop Michael Curry Speak on Pauli Murray as Durham’s First Saint

WATCH Bishop Curry’s TALK on YouTube. It was amazing!

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Pauli Murray Day – November 18, 2012

Pauli Murray Day – November 18, 2012

Celebrate Pauli Murray, check out the new landscaping at the Pauli Murray House and meet some of Durham’s great young poets.

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Still Walking for Justice – November 3, 2012

Still Walking for Justice – November 3, 2012

Check out our photos on Facebook – Nine teams of women will walk from Pauli Murray Historic Marker in Durham to the Journey of Reconciliation Historic Marker in Chapel Hill

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ANNOUNCING 2012 Youth Prophesy Poetry Contest

ANNOUNCING 2012 Youth Prophesy Poetry Contest

Seeking original poetry from Durham Youth ages 12-19 in written and spoken word categories. Cash Prizes. Submissions September 1 – October 31, 2012.

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Remembering the Historic 1963 March on Washington Tuesday, August 28 at the Downtown Durham Library

Remembering the Historic 1963 March on Washington Tuesday, August 28 at the Downtown Durham Library

Ever wonder how Pauli Murray was involved in the March on Washington in 1963 – now you can find out! Please join us!

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Great Media Coverage – Celebration of Saint Pauli Murray – Listen for us on WUNC Radio’s The State of Things on Friday, July 20

Great Media Coverage – Celebration of Saint Pauli Murray – Listen for us on WUNC Radio’s The State of Things on Friday, July 20

Read, Listen and Watch to experience our great celebration.

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IT’S OFFICIAL- Pauli Murray named Episcopal Saint – Join us July 18 to Celebrate.

IT’S OFFICIAL- Pauli Murray named Episcopal Saint – Join us July 18 to Celebrate.

All are invited to St. Titus Episcopal to celebrate “Saint” Pauli Murray at this annual service and reception. Bishop Michael Curry and Rev. Roxane Gwyn will lead the service.

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MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY – MAY 28 – HISTORIC FITZGERALD FAMILY CEMETERY CEREMONY

MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY – MAY 28 – HISTORIC FITZGERALD FAMILY CEMETERY CEREMONY

Commemorate the struggle for freedom and civil rights and early Durham African American pioneers at the Fitzgerald Family Plot of Maplewood Cemetery.

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Pauli Murray Project Receives Proud Shoes Award

Pauli Murray Project Receives Proud Shoes Award

The Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project honored the Pauli Murray Project with their Proud Shoes Award at their annual banquet on March 31, 2012.

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Duke Chapel Dean Samuel Wells Dubs Pauli Murray patron saint of Durham

Duke Chapel Dean Samuel Wells Dubs Pauli Murray patron saint of Durham

Pauli Murray makes departing dean’s top five saints list.

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Pauli Murray Project Featured on ABC 11

Pauli Murray Project Featured on ABC 11

Catch our new segment about the Pauli Murray Project on ABC 11

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Visionary Poems from Our Community Dialogue about race and privilege

Visionary Poems from Our Community Dialogue about race and privilege

We wrote amazing poems to share our thoughts and reflect our conversation about race and privilege. Check them out!

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LISTEN NOW – Youth Prophecy Poetry Contest Award Winning Poems

LISTEN NOW – Youth Prophecy Poetry Contest Award Winning Poems

HEAR the award winning poets read their poems.

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Sunday, November 20: 1-5 p.m. Pauli Murray Day in Durham

Sunday, November 20: 1-5 p.m. Pauli Murray Day in Durham

Join us for a big birthday celebration: Help Unveil the Pauli Murray NC Historic Marker. Come create a public art installation. Walk through a maze of decorated shoes by you. Listen to Youth Prophecy Poetry Contest Winners. Share in Birthday Cake.

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Pauli Murray Exhibit at Duke Chapel November 1-21, 2011

Pauli Murray Exhibit at Duke Chapel November 1-21, 2011

Learn more about an inspirational life of human rights activism. Help us celebrate her 101st birthday. Duke Chapel is open from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily.

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October 23 @ 2:30 Open Community Dialogue About Race

October 23 @ 2:30 Open Community Dialogue About Race

Check out the great coverage of our community event in the Durham Herald Sun.

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Help us Save Pauli Murray’s Childhood Home

Help us Save Pauli Murray’s Childhood Home

Unique coalition of city groups announce the purchase of the Pauli Murray-Richard Fitzgerald house to honor these human rights champions. Check out the great press coverage!

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June 29 @ 7 p.m. Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Pauli Murray

June 29 @ 7 p.m. Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Pauli Murray

All are invited to St. Titus Episcopal for this annual service and reception. Bishop Michael Curry and Rev. Zelda Kennedy will lead the service.

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Press Conference May 17 @ 10 a.m. @ 906 Carroll Street

The Pauli Murray Project, SW Central Durham Quality of Life Project and Self-Help will announce plans to convert the building at 906 Carroll St., known as the Pauli Murray-Robert Fitzgerald house to serve as a center for community dialogues. Read Barbara Lau’s opening statement about this great day.

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May 30 Memorial Day Event at Fitzgerald Family Cemetery

May 30 Memorial Day Event at Fitzgerald Family Cemetery

Honor Pauli Murray’s grandfather and Civil War veteran, Robert G. Fitzgerald, at a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Fitzgerald Family Cemetery – Kent Street near Morehead at Maplewood Cemetery.

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Announcing the Youth Prophecy Poetry Contest

Announcing the Youth Prophecy Poetry Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED to OCTOBER 15: Seeking original poems from young people in Durham Cash Prizes. Submissions accepted between July 15-October 15.

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To Buy the Sun at Duke March 31

To Buy the Sun at Duke March 31

See this amazing play at Duke. Free Admission!! 209 East Duke @ 7 p.m.

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To Buy the Sun at UNC March 22

To Buy the Sun at UNC March 22

Sonja Haynes Stone Center @ 7 p.m. Free Admission

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To Buy the Sun/Pauli Murray Project in the News

To Buy the Sun/Pauli Murray Project in the News

To Buy the Sun, the play about Pauli Murray and the Pauli Murray Project have been in the news — check us out!!!

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Pauli Murray Project Featured on Duke WebTV

Barbara Lau appeared on “Office Hours,” to share Pauli Murray’s significance and announce the new play, To Buy the Sun, a collaborative project with Hidden Voices. View the show:

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Pauli Murray Play — To Buy the Sun

Pauli Murray Play — To Buy the Sun

Celebrate her history; create our future. Join us as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of
Pauli Murray’s birth with a new play that explores the life and legacy of one of North Carolina’s own.

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Pauli Murray 100th Birthday Celebration

Pauli Murray 100th Birthday Celebration

Join us Sunday, November 21, 2010 for cake, poetry and celebration of Pauli Murray’s 100th Birthday. 3-5 p.m.

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Strength from All My Roots: Textile Arts Honoring the Legacy of Pauli Murray

Strength from All My Roots: Textile Arts Honoring the Legacy of Pauli Murray

Come and enjoy this tremendous exhibition at a reception, Friday, November 19, 2010 from 6-9 p.m. – part of the Third Friday activities.

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Clean Up Day at Pauli Murray’s Childhood Home

Clean Up Day at Pauli Murray’s Childhood Home

Come and help us begin the process of transforming 906 Carroll Street. This Saturday November 6, two shifts 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

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Pauli Murray v. UNC: Wrestling with Change in the Jim Crow South

Pauli Murray v. UNC: Wrestling with Change in the Jim Crow South

In 1938, Pauli Murray applied for admittance to a graduate program at UNC-CH. She was denied acceptance because of her race. With her eloquent words and tenacious determination, she confronted the legal segregation of pubic education.

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November Marks the Beginning of the Pauli Murray Centennial Celebration

November Marks the Beginning of the Pauli Murray Centennial Celebration

Join us as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Pauli Murray’s birth. Performances, Exhibitions and Panel Discussions open to everyone…

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Lest It Never Be Told: A Conversation about Durham Histories — November 3rd, 12 noon

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What are the stories we know about Durham? What about stories we haven’t heard so often? How do some stories become well known while others fade from public view? How do histories shape the way we think about our hometown?

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Pauli Murray Childhood Home – Community Visioning Gathering – October 16th 9 a.m. – 12 noon

PM Childhood home

Join with your neighbors and friends to imagine a significant and purposeful future for Pauli Murray’s childhood home.

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Pauli Murray featured in NC Episcopal Magazine

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Pauli Murray featured in NC Episcopal Magazine

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August 22 Community Dialogue about Durham School Desegregation

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Everyone is invited to Commemorating Courage: A Community Dialogue about School Desegregation

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Invitation to Pauli Murray summer reading group

Proud Shoes Cover

Everyone is invited to join a three-session Pauli Murray summer reading group in downtown Durham.

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July 1 Celebration of Pauli Murray’s Life

Pauli Murray in Vestments

July 1 Celebration of Pauli Murray’s Life

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Looking Back 50 Years – Durham school desegregation

Celebrating 50th Anniversary

Charmaine McKissick-Melton offered her views on this historic event.

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Our City, Our Stories Community Dialogue May 13

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All Durham residents are invited to participate in open community dialogues about their Durham stories

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Pauli Murray Project In 1 Minute – New Video

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One minute introduction to the Pauli Murray Project

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Pauli Murray live on tape

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Listen to Pauli Murray Interview from the UNC-CH archive, conducted by historian Genna Rae McNeil in 1976.

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Pauli Murray Lecture with Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall:
New Videos Now Online!

Portrait of Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Dr. Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College. She is also the President of the National Women’s Studies Association.

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Mapping Civil & Human Activism – Live Now

Civil & Activism Mapping

Duke students create new multi-media google map as part of class associated with the Pauli Murray Project

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Durham City Council Honors Pauli Murray

Pauli Murray Honored

A Proclamation Honoring Pauli Murray’s Legacy was presented during the November 16 Durham City Council Meeting.

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Pauli Murray Birthday Party

A birthday cake

November 22, 2009
Cake, Celebration and Poetry with local artists and members of Pauli Murray’s family

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Google Map Presentation – Activism in Durham

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A presentation by Barbara Lau and students about their work to document Pauli Murray’s legacy in Durham.

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