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The Black Scholar Who Took On UNC Before Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Decades before Nikole Hannah-Jones' tenure battle with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made national headlines, another Black scholar was slighted by UNC, inspiring a brave decision to hold the university accountable. | Support this show with a donation at

Ahead of an encore presentation of the episode "Pauli's Power," we hear about parallels between the experiences of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and social justice activist Pauli Murray in their attempts to navigate equitable treatment by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After you hear this episode, be sure to check out Pauli, a podcast about the power of one person to change what's possible for us all.

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Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.<br/>