Directing-duo Betsy West and Julie Cohen, responsible for RBG the revelatory documentary on the exceptional life of U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have returned with another deep-dive into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
Pauli Murray was a Black, queer, non-binary lawyer, activist, poet and priest, whose ideas influenced RBG’s fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall’s plight for racial justice.
Told through a collection of never-before-seen archive footage and audio recordings, My Name Is Pauli Murray is a powerful and nuanced portrait of an extraordinary life.
Murray first came head-to-head with discrimination when denied admittance to UNC and Columbia, on the basis that the universities did not admit women.
Murray also coined the term “Jane Crow” to describe the complex discrimination faced by Black women, almost 50 years prior to Kimberlé Crenshaw’s introduction of the concept of intersectionality.
This rare and unique tribute highlights Pauli Murray’s vital contribution toward the fight for gender and racial equality and finally gives them the recognition that they so deserve.