Negotiating Duty and Desire

Race, Gender, and Respectability in the 1930s

February 6, 2009
1:00pm Large Conference Room, 6th floor
One Bowdoin Square

Pauli Murray (1910-1985) lived a life of extraordinary accomplishment, as an African American civil rights activist, a lawyer, a feminist, and one of the first women to be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood.  Drawing on snapshot photos of Murray from the 1930s, Doreen Drury explores some of the central preoccupations of Murrays life.  Were romance and adventure, with Murray sometimes passing as young man, incompatible with her dreams of becoming a civil rights leader? As a young African American woman in the 1930s, who did Pauli Murray imagine she could stand with and for, and who would stand with her?

This event is co-sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the African American Literature Collection, and the History Department.  For more information, please contact 617-573-8116.

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