Singing of a New American: Pauli Murray’s Legacy and Justice in the 21st Century


Howard University School of Law, Moot Court Room
2900 Van Ness Street Washington
United States
Friday, September 15, 2017



Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray [HUSL 1944] was a writer, activist, lawyer, university professor, priest, and saint. Over the course of 75 years, Murray worked at the intersection of race, sex, and gender. Black women were the center of her worldview. For Murray, equality required whatever it took to make Black women equal. Neither sex nor race could be ignored in the struggles for racial equality and sexual equality, respectively. She theorized and worked with both movements. She insisted that she and black women be seen and heard.

On Friday September 15, 2017, the Howard University School of Law Constitutional Law Center will host “Singing of a New American”: Pauli Murray’s Legacy and Justice in the 21st Century. During this one-day event, speakers will answer the following question: “What does Pauli Murray teach us about justice and equality in the 21st century?” Speakers were chosen based on short proposals (no more than 500 words) that clearly outlined the answer to the question.

Program Schedule (subject to change)


10:00am – 10:30am               Opening Remarks

Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean, Howard University School of Law

Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Dean, Howard University School of Divinity


10:30am-11:00am                 Remembering Pauli Murray

Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner, St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Raleigh and Chair of the Pauli  Murray Project Steering Committee

Bishop Barbara Harris, First Woman Ordained as a Bishop in the Episcopal Church

Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Faculty, Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge


Morning Presentations

11:00am – 11:20am  

Lisa Crooms-Robinson

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Howard University School of Law


11:20am – 11:40am

Barbara Lau

Director, Pauli Murray Project   


11:40am – 12:00pm  

Dr. Gizelle Carr

Assistant Professor, Howard University


12:00pm – 12:20pm  

Janel George

Director, The National Women's Law Center Georgetown University Law Center 


12:30pm – 2:00pm                Keynote Address, Lunch, and Booksigning

Dr. Patricia Bell-Scott

Professor Emerita, University of Georgia

The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship by Dr. Patricia Bell-Scott


2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA

President, Howard University


Afternoon Presentations

2:30pm – 2:50pm      

Danielle M. Conway

Dean, University of Maine School of Law


2:50pm – 3:10pm      

Jessica Dixon Weaver

Associate Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law 


3:10pm – 3:30pm      

Nancy C. Cantalupo

Assistant Professor, Barry University Dwayne Andreas School of Law 


4:00pm – 4:15pm                  Closing Remarks

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

United States Supreme Court


4:30pm – 6:00pm                  Reception in the Pauli Murray Suite

Special Performance featuring Julia Wallace and Alexis Gumbs, Spoken Word Artists

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