Category Archives: Pauli Murray Project

This week at the Stone Center: “To Buy the Sun” (3/22) & African Diaspora Lecture (3/23)

Greetings, faithful readers!  Here are a couple of fabulous opportunities taking place this week at the Stone Center.  Check out the links for more details, or make use of the contact information provided.

Stone Center.  FREE  admission.  Contact: Joscelyne Brazile 843-2669.

Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. Contact: stonecenter@unc.edu, (919) 962-9001.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Opening this FRIDAY: “To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray”

This Friday, the Pauli Murray Project’s Centennial Celebration continues, with the inauguration of “To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray,” a play about the life and legacy of this trailblazing Durham native.  The play is written by Lynden Harris, directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams and features Chaunesti Webb Lyon and Brie Nash.

“Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to stand, Pauli Murray refused to sit in the back of the bus; 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins, she organized restaurant sit-downs in the nation’s capital.  Durham native Pauli Murray not only lived on the edge of history, she seemingly “pulled it along with her.”  One hundred twenty-three years after her enslaved grandmother was baptized at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, Pauli Murray returned as America’s first female African-American Episcopal priest to celebrate her groundbreaking Eucharist there.  A lifelong champion for human rights, Pauli Murray’s struggles and insights resonate powerfully in our times.  Celebrate her history; create our future.”

PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • January 28-30, 2011 (DURHAM)
  • February 4-5, 2011 (CARRBORO)
  • February 13, 2011 (CHAPEL HILL)
  • February 18, 2011 (HILLSBOROUGH)

Tickets are $10 and information on purchasing for each venue is available here.  For Performance Sponsorships and Group Tickets, contact: Barbara Lau at 919/613-6167 or  balau@duke.edu

This project is supported by grants from the Paul Green Foundation and a mini grant from Imagine Durham: Durham’s Results Based Accountability Initiative (www.durhamnc.gov/rba).

Opening TODAY: “Strength from All My Roots: Textiles Honoring the Legacy of Pauli Murray”

If you attended the panel a couple of weeks ago on Pauli Murray‘s “wrestling with change in the Jim Crow South“, don’t forget that the Pauli Murray Project is coordinating several other events as part of their Pauli Murray Centennial Celebration.

Opening TODAY in Durham is the art exhibition “Strength from All My Roots: Textiles Honoring the Legacy of Pauli Murray,” with a reception from 6-9pm.  Even if you can’t make it out tonight, keep in mind the exhibit will remain throughout the end of the month.

EVENT DETAILS:
“Strength from All My Roots: Textiles Honoring the Legacy of Pauli Murray”
Reception: November 19, 6-9 pm
Exhibit Ongoing throughout November
St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church – 403 East Main St., Durham
Sponsored by the Resource Center for Women in Ministry in the South

For further information, see: http://paulimurrayproject.org

And if you can’t make it, be sure to check out the Herald Sun’s piece about the exhibit here, which includes some pictures.

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

As part of the Pauli Murray Centennial Celebration initiated by Duke University’s Human Rights Center, UNC will be hosting the panel discussion “Pauli Murray v. UNC: Wrestling with Change in the Jim Crow South”, which highlights Murray’s attempts to gain admittance for graduate work at UNC in 1938-39.  This is an event that aims “to teach the university community about this history and to encourage reflection on the story of Murray’s activism: what kind of example does she offer in our own time?”

Event Information:

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
5:15 p.m. reception | 6 p.m. program

Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

***FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***

Contact Information: Center for the Study of the American South, (919) 962-4433

Genna Rae McNeil, professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill, will moderate the panel discussion, which includes the following participants:

The event will also feature a small exhibit of archival materials from the Southern Historical Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library highlighting this historical moment.

Sponsored by UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, the Southern Historical Collection, The Pauli Murray Project/Duke Human Rights Center, the Carolina Women’s Center, the UNC School of Information and Library Science (grad student assistance), and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC (organizational and in-kind assistance).

Interested in learning more about the panelists?  Check out some of their books available at UNC libraries:

Hope to see you there!

The Pauli Murray Project

The Pauli Murray Project is based in nearby Durham, NC and is run by Duke University’s Human Rights Center. Their mission is “to build stronger ties between our Durham, North Carolina communities through dialogue, education, storytelling and the creation of new ways of telling our unique history. In this work we honor the legacy and values of one of Durham’s unsung heroes, lawyer, activist, poet and priest, Pauli Murray”. The project’s website contains a wealth of information on Murray: a detailed biography, timeline, a bibliography of her writings, and useful listing of works about her. Or click here for a 1 minute video summarizing the project.

The Pauli Murray project is particularly interested in community input and collaboration, including their 2007-09 series “Face Up: Telling Stories of Community”. There are plenty of ways to get involved – sign up for their email list or contact them about volunteer opportunities. You can also follow the Project on Facebook.

In addition to next week’s event at UNC’s Wilson Library, the Pauli Murray Project will be hosting several commemorative events throughout the month of November and beyond. Check out the Pauli Murray Centennial Celebration events calendar here for further information.

Just who was Pauli Murray?

Born in 1910, Anna Pauline (“Pauli”) Murray was raised in Durham, NC and became a trailblazing participant in the civil rights and women’s rights movements. Murray was a woman of many talents and passions: an activist, an educator, a lawyer, a poet, and – at age 67 – the first female African American Episcopal priest. She was valedictorian of her high school class, and went on to earn degrees from Hunter College, Howard Law School, UC Berkeley (LLM), and Yale (JSD & MDiv). Murray was a founding member of NOW (National Organization for Women) and in 1947 Mademoiselle magazine named her “Woman of the Year.”

Murray’s distinguished career came about despite numerous obstacles due to her race and gender. As an African American, she was refused entry to UNC’s School of Law. As a woman, graduating first in her class at Howard earned her a Rosenwald Fellowship to attend Harvard for graduate studies in law, but Harvard reneged on this honor because of her gender. These are but early examples of the kinds of discrimination Murray would encounter over the course of her illustrious career as a legal scholar, activist, and religious leader.

November 20th marks the centennial of Pauli Murray’s birth, and Duke University’s Human Rights Center has planned a host of events in collaboration with area institutions, including UNC. The first of these events will take place next week at Wilson Library.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about Pauli Murray…

Sources:
http://www.ncwriters.org/services/lhof/inductees/pmurray.htm
http://paulimurrayproject.org/pauli-murray/biography/
http://paulimurrayproject.org/pauli-murray/timeline/
http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/news/index.php/2010/10/pauli-murray/
http://www.biography.com/articles/Pauli-Murray-214111