This chapter discusses the lives of two remarkable women who shared a good many characteristics in spite of their great difference in early experience and in style. It explains that Lina Ware came from a family of New England Unitarians with a long tradition of social concern as well as attachment to Harvard University. On the other hand, Pauli Murray's heritage was a mix of black and white; she was a child of a nurse and a public school teacher, and was adopted by the schoolteacher aunt for whom she was named. Caroline Farrar Ware, white, born in 1899, raised in Massachusetts, and Pauli Murray, black, born in 1910, raised in segregated North Carolina, developed a most unusual friendship and threw light on some of the major issues of the middle decades of the twentieth century, particularly those touching on questions of racial discrimination and civil rights.
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