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Infectious Diseases Section Diversity Equity and Anti-racism Roadmap (ID2EA): Tenth Roadmap

Roadmap Stop 10: The Story of Pauli Murray

This session was developed in recognition of the many achievements of the groundbreaking civil right leader Pauli Murray, for whom a Yale college was recently renamed.  Despite her many accomplishments, she is not a household name.

Pauli Murray was a black woman who fought for racial and gender equality the entirety of her adult life. She was a lawyer, professor, activist and the first black, female Episcopalian priest.  As the trailer to the documentary describes, “Her historical accomplishments are so many you might find the story hard to believe were it not for the tremendous amounts of video, photography and written supporting evidence”.

Participants were encouraged to watch a documentary and to read an article entitled The Many Lives of Pauli Murray. 

An interactive discussion included about the many challenges she faced due to her race, gender and sexuality.  Recommended follow up reading includes her biography The Firebrand and the First Lady, the story of her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt.