2018: Passwords: A Tribute to Pauli Murray with Mahogany L. Browne, Rosamond S. King & t’ai freedom ford
This event honors poet, writer, civil rights activist, legal theorist, labor organizer, and Episcopal priest Pauli Murray (1910–1985). Hailed as “an architect of the civil-rights struggle—and the women’s movement,” Murray was a legal scholar and activist, co-founder of the National Organization of Women, and the first Black woman to become an Episcopal priest. Murray shattered barriers of race and gender throughout her life. Participants discuss Murray and read from her reissued Dark Testament and Other Poems, a collection of lyric poems (featuring an introduction by Elizabeth Alexander) that depicts America’s brutal racial history and the fight for equality. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier.