Pauli Murray (1910-1985)

“Pauli Murray was sainted by the [Episcopal] church sainthood for her advocacy of the universal cause of freedom and as the first African American female priest ordained by the Episcopal Church…

Murray worked to address injustice and promote reconciliation between races, sexes, and economic classes through her work as an attorney, writer, feminist, poet, and educator.

In the 1930s and 40s, she fought against racial segregation in education and public transit. In the 1950s and 1960s, she challenged the Civil Rights Movement to recognize the leadership of women and the double discrimination that minority women face.

As a lawyer, policy analyst and legal scholar she defied convention by stubbornly carving out her place in a male-dominated profession. She advised First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on civil rights and co-founded the National Organization for Women. As a [queer] woman she struggled to live her life fully in a world not ready for her inclusive vision of freedom…”

“What is often called exceptional ability is nothing more than persistent endeavor.”

What might we do to further Pauli’s inclusive vision of freedom? May we encourage one another to be persistent in our endeavors, particularly those of justice and peace.

[excerpt from Duke Today]