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Pauli MurrayA Personal and Political Life$
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Troy R. Saxby

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654928

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654928.001.0001

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An Unknown Negro Girl without Title or Prestige, 1940–1946

An Unknown Negro Girl without Title or Prestige, 1940–1946

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Pauli Murray

Troy R. Saxby

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores Pauli Murray’s continuing civil rights activism, emerging feminism, and legal training during World War II. Murray joined the Workers Defense League and campaigned to save sharecropper Odell Waller from execution. The experience partially inspired Murray to become a lawyer. While studying at Howard University, Murray became conscious of sexism, which she labelled “Jane Crow.” Murray’s mental health, sexual identity, and gender identity all continued to trouble her. She initiated restaurant sit-ins to protest segregation in Washington and reported on the 1943 Harlem race riots for a socialist newspaper. Murray also completed a master’s degree at Berkeley before becoming the first African American Deputy Attorney General of California.

Keywords:   Pauli Murray, Workers Defense League, Sharecropping, Odell Waller, African American lawyers, Sexism, Jane Crow, Sit-ins, Race riots, Socialism

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