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Song in a Weary Throat

Nonfiction: Autobiography; Memoir
Unabridged   19.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/31/2018

Song in a Weary Throat

Memoir of an American Pilgrimage

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684412068
Digital Download ISBN:9781684412075


A prophetic memoir by the activist who "articulated the intellectual foundations" (The New Yorker) of the civil rights and women's rights movements.

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Poet, memoirist, labor organizer, and Episcopal priest, Pauli Murray helped transform the law of the land. Arrested in 1940 for sitting in the whites-only section of a Virginia bus, Murray propelled that life-defining event into a Howard law degree and a fight against "Jane Crow" sexism. Her legal brilliance was pivotal to the overturning of Plessy v. Ferguson, the success of Brown v. Board of Education, and the Supreme Court's recognition that the equal protection clause applies to women; it also connected her with such progressive leaders as Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Betty Friedan, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Now Murray is finally getting long-deserved recognition: the first African American woman to receive a doctorate of law at Yale, her name graces one of the university's new colleges. Handsomely republished with a new introduction, Murray's remarkable memoir takes its rightful place among the great civil rights autobiographies of the twentieth century.


“The intensity and urgency of Murray’s resolve light up every page of this gripping memoir.” —Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States

“Pauli Murray’s lyrical autobiography eloquently chronicles the decades-long African American freedom struggle. A one-woman civil rights movement…. Reading her autobiography will restore your faith in the audacity of hope.” —Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, author of Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950

Author Bio

Pauli Murray (1910– 1985) was born in Baltimore and raised in Durham, North Carolina.