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Pauli Murray Mural Featured Prominently in Durham
Durham, NC has a mural about a activist in both the Civil Rights, Women's rights community that definitely captures people's attention.
So much so, that a group of young documentaries interviewed people about the mural and the women who is featured in it, Pauli Murray. She was a woman definitely ahead of her times and one that more people should know more about....
Although born in Baltimore, Durham came definitely lay claim to this great figure in history.. After tragedy took both of her parents. Pauli went to live with her aunt, Pauline Fitzgerald, an elementary school teacher and her grandparents Robert and Cornelia Fitzgerald in Durham, North Carolina.
When the students interviewed me and others, one of the things we most noted about this lady was how important she was to both the Civil Rights and Women's Right struggle, and was probably even ahead of her time in the struggle for the rights of Gays and Lesbians. She definitely was not taking any back seat to the Civil Rights leaders of that time, and wanted to make sure that women were given an equal voice in the Civil Rights Struggle....I think the student's found her life and her books quite interesting, and I am sure those of you that study her wil also.
Even to this day, her presence is felt in Durham as their is a mural dedicated to her in the city that I call home...And the newpaper that featured our work, The Carolina Times, is still a vital part of the African American community here today....