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Pauli’s Power

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Pauli Murray was a powerhouse for social justice. She worked tirelessly as a lawyer, an activist, a poet, and a priest to push for racial equality and gender rights, and influenced the likes of Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

She rarely received appropriate recognition during her lifetime, but global awareness of Pauli’s legacy grows more by the day. Now, a faculty movement at UNC Chapel Hill aims to honor the social justice warrior by naming a building after her. But the proposed commemoration comes with a complicated history.
 

  

Guests:
Karen Ross, great-niece of Pauli Murray

Barbara Lau, Executive Director of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice

Glenda Gilmore, Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History Emerita, Yale University and author of Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Durham-based poet, Fellow with the National Humanities Center, and Black feminist scholar 

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.