#InContext: Pauli Murray

By: RACHEL GEISSLER Unsung heroine of the civil rights movement and lifelong champion of human rights, Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray penned the words to her poem “Prophecy” in 1969. As a black woman born in America in 1910, she battled barriers to education and inclusion at every turn. For Murray, the decision to challenge oppression … Continue reading #InContext: Pauli Murray

#InContext: Thurgood Marshall

By: MOLLY WICKER In the 1930s, African Americans in Texas were not allowed to vote in the Democratic Party primary. Local officials continued to turn away black voters, even after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the law in 1927. Finally, after decades of voter suppression, Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund decided … Continue reading #InContext: Thurgood Marshall

#InContext: W.E.B. Du Bois

By: MOLLY WICKER Scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, but his life and legacy extended far beyond the confines of the Deep South. As a child, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, better known as W.E.B. Du Bois, identified as “mulatto,” but freely attended school with … Continue reading #InContext: W.E.B. Du Bois