'I want to be like Pauli': Pauli Murray's influence on today's Christian leaders

Mural depicting Pauli Murray

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There’s a resurgence of interest in the Rev. Pauli Murray, a lawyer, writer, activist and feminist. In this audio piece, a pastor in her home state of North Carolina explains why he thinks her life and work are so important for a new generation.

Pauli Murray was arrested for protesting bus segregation before Rosa Parks and led lunch counter sit-ins in the 1940s. She wrote legal arguments that inspired Thurgood Marshall and persuaded Betty Friedan to found the National Organization for Women.

In 1977, Murray reached another milestone when she became the first African-American woman ordained as an Episcopal priest.

In the three decades since her death, Murray has faded from the public imagination. But there has been a flurry of recent notice that has brought her to the attention of a new generation, especially in North Carolina, where she grew up.

A Conversation with Pauli MurrayFaith & Leadership editor Sally Hicks speaks in this 6-minute audio piece with Thomas RaShad Easley, a pastor, educator and hip hop artist who has found inspiration in Murray’s life and work.

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