This year, we will be offering a single book study for our Lenten forum series on a remarkable text: Pauli Murray’s memoir, Song in a Weary Throat. We will begin with chapters 1-7 on February 21.
The first African-American woman ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, Murray’s remarkable vocation in the church followed an even more ground-breaking career as a civil rights attorney and activist. Her legal writing formed the basis for Thurgood Marshall’s case in Brown v. Board of Education, and deeply influenced Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s winning arguments for gender equality. A founding member of the National Organization for Women, she is now seen as a pioneering queer Episcopalian. Her witness, writing, and lifelong activism contributed immeasurably to the Episcopal Church’s development on pressing issues of social justice. She was added to the Episcopal Church’s calendar of Saints in 2018.