Pauli Murray

American writer, activist, lawyer and Episcopal priest (1910-1985)

Pauli Murray (20 November 1910 – 1 July 1985) was an American civil rights activist, women's rights activist, lawyer, author, poet, educator and Episcopal priest.

I have accepted the challenge of being a Negro in America and of being an American first.


  • I have accepted the challenge of being a Negro in America and of being an American first.
  • I want to be an American — without the hyphen.
    • Sadler, Betty (10 November 1967). "She Refuses To Leave Leadership To "Spoilers'". The State (Columbia, SC): p. 3−B. 
  • This society is not hospitable to persons of color, women or left-handed people.
    • Boodman, Sandra (28 February 1977). "A master of many trades". Washington Post (Washington DC). 

Quotes about Pauli MurrayEdit

  • We had been led to believe that American education is inferior. We have been impressed with American technology, however, and through your Constitutional law class—the first time we have ever been taught by an American—we have come to change our views. We used to accept without questioning whatever the lecturer said. Through your class we have learned to inquire.
    • Murray, Pauli (October, 1961). "On Teaching Constitutional Law In Ghana". Yale Law Report 8 (1).


  • Murray, Pauli (1956). Proud Shoes: The Story Of An American Family, Harper & Brothers, New York. ISBN 0-8070-7209-5.
  • Rubin, Leslie and Pauli Murray (1961). The Constitution and Government of Ghana, Sweet & Maxwell, London. African Universities Press, 1964*Murray, Pauli (1970). Dark Testament and other poems, Silvermine, Norwalk, Connecticut, ISBN 978-0-87321-016-4
  • Murray, Pauli (1987). Song In A Weary Throat: An American Pilgrimage, Harper & Row, New York City. ISBN 0-06-015704-6.
republished (June 1989) as The Autobiography of a Black Activist, Feminist, Lawyer, Priest and Poet (Paperback), University of Tennessee Press. ISBN 0-87049-596-8.
  • Murray, Pauli (Davison Douglas, ed., 2d ed. 1997). States' Law on Race and Color, University of Georgia Press. ISBN 978-0-8203-1883-7

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