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“The book does an excellent job of presenting Murray's story in rich detail, and it is both entertaining and informative... Those looking for an introduction to Murray that is well written and touches on the many intersecting aspects of her activism and identity will find Kuznick's work a satisfying read. A compelling life story told in an engaging style.            --KIRKUS REVIEW



This lively narrative tells how little-known African-American activist Pauli Murray blazed through the barriers of race and gender decades before the Civil Rights and Women’s Movements. The grand-daughter of a woman born in bondage and a free man of color who fought for the Union, she fearlessly rode freight trains dressed as a boy during the Depression and befriended First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt before embarking on a pioneering life of social activism, legal scholarship, and many firsts. Pauli never faced a barrier she couldn’t smash through, and her life as a feminist, civil rights lawyer, poet, author, activist, and priest paved the way for all to live a life of equality and purpose.

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