Song in a Weary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage

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About the Author

Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was born in Baltimore and raised in Durham, North Carolina. The first African American woman to receive a doctorate of law at Yale, her name now graces one of Yale University's new colleges. She is the author of Song in a Weary Throat, her posthumous memoir.

Patricia Bell-Scott, professor emerita at the University of Georgia, wrote the award-winning The Firebrand and the First Lady, an account of Murray's relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt. She is co-editor of the best-selling Doublestitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, which earned the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize, and is also co-founding editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women.


The architect of the legal argument against segregation and a pioneer in the fight against gender discrimination, Murray proved as fearless as she was brilliant. The intensity and urgency of her resolve light up every page of this gripping memoir, a chronicle of the life of an eminent American who made great changes come a great deal faster.--Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
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
Murray's role in history is important for a number of reasons, especially because their gender and sexuality placed them at a complex set of intersections situated outside the normative standards of both the white women-led rights movement and the black church-led freedom struggle.... Murray's gender-nonconforming (GNC) body and experiences makes their contributions to the work of freedom and liberation of black people that much more critical. Sadly, these experiences are also the likely cause of Murray's erasure from so much of history.--Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue
"This book is a gift, a testimony and powerful witness, of one of the 20th century's greatest freedom fighters. Pauli Murray was a woman before her time, one whose vision of a world not divided by polarizing ideas of race or gender, is a vision we are all still striving to create. The profound sense of hope and indomitable fighting spirit that inspired Murray to challenge injustice wherever she encountered it is the very hope that our weary throats and hearts and minds need in this moment."--Brittney Cooper, author of Eloquent Rage and Beyond Respectability, and cofounder of Crunk Feminist Collective
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
Murray's life, her work, and her writings can serve as a model for a new understanding of the pursuit of social justice.... It is past time for Pauli Murray to become a household name.--Drew Gilpin Faust, New York Review of Books