Pauli Murray was a trailblazer who spent her life fighting for
civil rights and women's rights. Writer, lawyer, activist, priest,
Pauli was a champion for justice. Her extraordinary life is
immortalized in this riveting biography, intended for the middle
grade audience and told in verse.
Murray was a thorn in the side of white America demanding justice and
equal treatment for all. She was a queer civil rights and women’s
rights activist before any movement advocated for either–the
brilliant mind that, in 1944, conceptualized the arguments that would
win Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
and, in 1964, the arguments that won women equality in the workplace.
her life, she fought for the oppressed, not only through changing
laws, but by using her powerful prose to influence those who could
affect change. She lived by her convictions and challenged authority
to demand fairness and justice regardless of the personal
consequences. Without seeking acknowledgment, glory, or financial
gain for what she did, Pauli Murray fought in the trenches for many
of the rights we take for granted. Her goal was human rights and the
dignity of life for all.