She was a civil-rights activist, she was a women’s rights activist, she was a lawyer, a poet and a priest. She is presented in documentary film “My name is Pauli Murray” and a presentation is needed. Despite a strong impact on the rights movements in the US, she has remained relatively unknown.
Legendary member of the US Supreme Court and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg has saluted her and used Murray’s idea of using the US 14th amendment (equal protection of the laws) to fight sex-based discrimination.
The documentary was first shown at the Sundance film festival in January and has recently been launched on Amazon Prime Video. The film includes interviews with the late Bader Ginsberg.
The film is directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen and follows the life of Murray. She was in the 1950s one of the most influential civil-rights fighters after in 1940 having been arrested for sitting in a whites-only section of a bus in Virginia with a friend. She decided to study law. 1961-63 she served on the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women appointed by President John F Kennedy.