Singing of a New American: Pauli Murray’s Legacy and Justice in the 21st Century (Howard Law School)






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.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace will perform as the closing ceremony of this historic event.

Program Schedule

10:00am – 11:00am               Opening Remarks

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

Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, President, Howard University

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


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 – 1:30pm                Keynote Address

Dr. Patricia Bell-Scott

Professor Emerita, University of Georgia

1:30pm – 2:30pm                  Lunch and Booksigning

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

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 (Pauli Murray Suite)

Special Performance featuring Sangodare/ Julia Roxanne Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs

For more info see Howard Law’s website:

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