Since moving to Durham in 2014, I have been fascinated by this city's history —specifically the rich history of black people here. I soak up opportunities to learn more about the legacy of entrepreneurship on Black Wall Street, black organizing through groups such as the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and the significance of neighborhoods where black people could live, work and thrive in spite of Jim Crow.
In my learning, I came across the name Pauli Murray and instantly felt that everything she stood for in her life as a women's and civil rights activist, lawyer, poet and priest continues to be so important and relevant for our current times.
Pauli Murray at work. Courtesy of the NC Collection, Wilson Library in Chapel Hill, NC.