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The Dream Is Freedom – Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Dream Is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith

Sarah Azaransky


Pauli Murray (1910–85) was a poet, lawyer, activist, and priest, as well as a significant figure in the civil rights and women's movements. Throughout her careers and activism, Murray espoused faith in an American democracy that is partially present and yet to come. In the 1940s Murray was in the vanguard of black activists to use nonviolent direct action. A decade before the Montgomery bus boycott, Murray organized sit-ins of segregated restaurants in Washington D.C. and was arrested for sitting in the front section of a bus in Virginia. Murray pioneered the category Jane Crow to describe dis ... More

Keywords: Pauli Murray, nonviolent direct action, Montgomery bus boycott, Jane Crow, racism, sexism, National Organization for Women, civil rights, salvation, democratic criticism

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199744817
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744817.001.0001


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Sarah Azaransky, author
University of San Diego
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