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Song in a Weary Throat

By: Pauli Murray,Patricia Bell-Scott - Introduction by
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
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Poet, memoirist, labor organizer, and Episcopal priest, Pauli Murray helped transform the law of the land. Arrested in 1940 for sitting in the whites-only section of a Virginia bus, Murray propelled that life-defining event into a Howard law degree and a fight against "Jane Crow" sexism. 

Her legal brilliance was pivotal to the overturning of Plessy v. Ferguson, the success of Brown v. Board of Education, and the Supreme Court's recognition that the equal protection clause applies to women; it also connected her with such progressive leaders as Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Betty Friedan, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Now Murray is finally getting long-deserved recognition: The first African American woman to receive a doctorate of law at Yale, her name graces one of the university's new colleges. Handsomely republished with a new introduction, Murray's remarkable memoir takes its rightful place among the great civil rights autobiographies of the 20th century.

©1987 The Pauli Murray Foundation; Introduction copyright 2018 by Patricia Bell-Scott (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Pauli Murray the Trail Blazer

I loved it. This book should be required reading in all US High Schools. What amazing life Pauli Murray had! I am forever smitten.

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Incredible person!

This should be required reading for every high school student in the country. What an amazing woman. One person truly can change the world!

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Everyone should know who Pauli Murray is!

5 stars for the amazing human we get to know. The 3 stars is a reflection of my general lack of enthusiasm for biographies/autobiographies (I much prefer historical fiction. I need a story line to keep my brain engaged.) But it was worth it to forge ahead to the end.

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Extended Life Story Told Well

Well written. Murray gives a very interesting story of a compelling and meaningful life well lived.