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The Genius of Pauli Murray: Telling the Story of the Lawyer, Activist, and Poet Who Inspired RBG


Featuring: Brittney Cooper, Chase Strangio, Talleah Bridges McMahon, Betsy West, and Irin Carmon
Recorded: Friday, November 19, 2021

Despite being a central, influential figure in the history of civil rights and women’s activism, Pauli Murray is not a household name. Her emphasis on the intersections between different kinds of marginalized identities—and in particular, her 1951 book States’ Laws on Race and Color and 1965 article, “Jane Crow and the Law”—spearheaded arguments that informed Thurgood Marshall’s legal strategy for Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career-defining case, Reed v. Reed (1971). 

Join Brittney Cooper, Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Trans Justice with the ACLU, and Betsy West and Talleah Bridges McMahon—co-director and producer of the documentary My Name Is Pauli Murray—as they discuss Murray’s undersung contributions to social justice. Moderated by Irin Carmon, co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Creative: Tronvig Group