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My Name is Pauli Murray

My Name is Pauli Murray Discussion Guide

Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South—who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms.

The My Name is Pauli Murray discussion guide provides prompts, questions, and activities to explore themes of human rights, intersectionality, authenticity, courage, leadership, and the power of words. It includes related readings, podcasts, actions, videos, and other educational resources to deepen the conversation and support community organizing after film screenings.