Saturday, November 20, 2010

On November 20

On this day in ...
... 1910 (100 years ago today), a daugher, Anna Pauline, was borh in Baltimore, Maryland, to William H. and Agnes Murray. In 1938, following her graduation from Hunter College, she applied to the University of North Carolina School of Law but was denied admission because of her African-American heritage. Entering, Howard University's law school, she was graduated 1st in her class in 1944. When Harvard Law refused her -- because she was a woman -- she earned an LL.M. at the University of California, Berkeley. Later, Dr. Pauli Murray (right) became: the 1st African-American person to earn a J.S.D. at Yale, a professor at Brandeis University; a strategist on Brown v. Board of Education; a founder of the 1st women's law periodical; a cofounder of the National Organization for Women; and the 1st African-American woman priest in the Episcopal Church. Murray, whose career was the subject of a recent conference panel, died from cancer in 1985.

(Prior November 20 posts are here, here, and here.)

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