Pauli Murray (1911–2001)
Lawyer and Minister
“May the lives of the women whose lives are told herein, in all of their diversity and sturdiness of spirit, inspire others toward a vision of the world transformed by love and creativity to a place where each may walk in dignity and without want or fear: to the glory of God’s name. AMEN.”
Pauli Murray, lawyer, scholar, and a self-described “vigorous, swashbuckling activist,” was raised in Durham, NC, and educated in New York. In 1977 she was the first black woman to be ordained in the Episcopal priesthood. Her books include her autobiography, Proud Shoes.