Letters and Politics

The Life of Pauli Murray

Source: Carolina Digital Library and Archives

Today host Mitch Jeserich interviews Barnard professor Rosalind Rosenberg, author of the book Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Pauli Murray was the first African American to earn a JSD from Yale Law School and her legal work on the 14th amendment provided the groundwork for Brown v. Board and inspired Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work with women’s rights and the 14th Amendment. Murray also struggled with issues of identity: by today’s standards, she would be considered transgender.

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