America is honoring the release of the new Pauli Murray quarter by the U.S. Mint on February 22, highlighting one of Murray’s timely poems, 54 years later.
“Hope is a song in a weary throat” Murray wrote in Dark Testament: Verse 8. This quote feels particularly meaningful right now, as we enter Black History Month, and as we take measure of the struggles and challenges at home and around the world.
The Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray and the New Coin
About the Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray
Pauli Murray was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1910. She graduated from Hunter College in 1933 and from Howard University Law School in 1944. After law school, Murray worked as a lawyer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Murray was a tireless advocate for civil rights. She was one of the founders of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the National Women’s Political Caucus. She was also a member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Murray died in 1985 at the age of 75. She is remembered as a trailblazing civil rights activist and a brilliant legal mind.