PauliMurrayAfricanAmericanWomanEqualRights - Pauli Murray...

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Pauli Murray wrote, “Surrender to none the fire of your soul.” It is a quote that she lived by, as she strove to overcome the obstacles presented to her as woman of African American descent. Fighting for her right to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, she found that she was at a disadvantage because of both her race and her gender. The opposition Pauli Murray faced because of her gender led her to become a feminist, a fact that would come to present itself in her civil rights work. Murray was an intelligent and determined woman. She insisted on chasing her goal of becoming a lawyer, knowing she would be met with resistance because of her race. Such resistance was evidenced in 1938, when her application of admittance to the law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was rejected because of state law in regards to her race. Not one to give up, Murray enthusiastically immersed herself in working for social justice, unsuccessfully struggling to gain clemency for Odell Waller, a black sharecropper who’s right to be tried by representative jury had been denied. Her involvement gained her the attention of Howard University Law School in Washington D.C. where she was then offered a scholarship. Murray entered the school “with the single-minded intention of destroying Jim Crow.” (p537) It was here, in the
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course HIST 266 taught by Professor Don'tremember during the Fall '06 term at Binghamton University.

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