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Pauli Murray

The Autobiography of a Black Activist, Feminist, Lawyer, Priest, and Poet

Murray, Pauli

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Paper ISBN: 0-87049-596-8
Status: In Print

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ISBN: 0870495968
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Winner of the Christopher Award and the Robert Kennedy Award

Raised in Durham, North Carolina, Pauli Murray was the granddaughter of a slave and the great granddaughter of a slave owner. She identified with her grandfather, whose faith in education and role as a freedom fighter during the Civil War inspired her own civil rights activities. As early as 1943, while a law student at Howard University (the only female in her class), she helped organize the first non-violent sit-in demonstrations that successfully desegregated two Washington, D.C., restaurants. As a lawyer, teacher, poet, feminist, and Episcopalian minister, Murray dedicated her life to the struggle against injustice in American society.
Eloquent, dramatic, rich in historical detail, this book heralds the rediscovery of a truly remarkable woman, of a life dedicated to the battle against social injustice. Murray’s memoir constitutes a vital chapter in American History.

(Originally published under the title “Song in a Weary Throat: An American Pilgrimage”)

“A powerful, unforgettable story destined to become a classic like Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings.”
-- Stephan B. Oates

“[This autobiography] gives refreshing, often amusing vignettes of the unsung heroes of the progressive struggles in which Murray labored and important insights into the legal and legislative battles that provided the foundations for the contemporary civil rights and women’s movements.”
-- Sherley Anne Williams, Los Angeles Times

“Murray (1910-1985), a truly extraordinary black woman, has written an engrossing, powerful, and calmly moving autobiography….Her remarkable story provides a unique perspective on the battles of women and blacks for equal rights. Highly recommended for all libraries and all readers.”
-- C.W. Eagles, Choice

“This posthumously autobiography of a black woman who had been an activist for more than 30 years prior to the civil rights era distinctly recounts the kind of sustained commitment and often unheralded effort that fed into the great civil rights victories…[a] tough-minded, finely crafted memoir.”
-- Susan McHenry, Ms Magazine

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