Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest: The Life of Pauli Murray

10:00 am to 6:00 pm, March 14, 2018
  • St. Paul's Chapel

Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was a priest, poet, human rights activist, attorney, and teacher. Not only was she the first African American woman ordained to the priesthood, Murray refused to sit in the back of the bus 15 years before Rosa Parks. Her groundbreaking legal writings were instrumental in Brown v. Board of Education, and she was an advisor to presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy and lifelong friend of Eleanor Roosevelt.

In collaboration with the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, Trinity Church Wall Street will presents an interactive exhibit chronicling Murray’s life and legacy, “Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest”. The exhibit explores Murray’s multifaceted identities and how she aspired to integrate them into a single life of purpose and transformation.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take a photo in front of the selfie wall and write their own lines of poetry. Additionally, thirty art students from nearby Leadership and Public Service High School will exhibit triptychs that explore how others see them, how they see themselves, and how they want the world to see them.

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