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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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I Am a Child of God, 1973–1985

I Am a Child of God, 1973–1985

(p.252) Six I Am a Child of God, 1973–1985
Pauli Murray

Troy R. Saxby

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the final years of Pauli Murray’s life. Following her partner’s death, Murray resigned from Brandeis to pursue ordination into the Episcopal priesthood. Murray obtained a master’s in theology from General Theological Seminary while campaigning for women’s ordination. Under pressure from Murray and others, in 1976 the Episcopal Church overturned its prohibition on women priests. The following year Murray became the first black woman Episcopal priest. Murray continued to keep her sexual orientation private, but publicly advocated for minority rights, including gay rights, under the aegis of universal human rights. Murray worked as a supply priest in various locations before retiring to Pittsburgh where she died.

Keywords:   Pauli Murray, Priesthood, Women’s ordination, Women priests, General Theological Seminary, Theology, Episcopal Church, Gay rights, Human rights, Sexual orientation

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