Song in a Weary Throat: An American Pilgrimage

Paul Murray, Author, Pauli Murray, Author, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Introduction by HarperCollins Publishers $24.95 (451p) ISBN 978-0-06-015704-3
The notable career of the late Murrayshe died in 1985descendant of a North Carolina slave and a slave owner, who, as lawyer, teacher, poet, feminist and, lastly, Episcopalian priest, worked for social justice, unfolds in this autobiography. A pioneer in many areasthe only female in her class at Howard University Law School, the first woman to receive a J.S.D. from YaleMurray carried on her family tradition of ground-breaking paths to civil rights, while as a confidante of and goad to Eleanor Roosevelt, she presaged the activist momentum of the '50s and '60s. A founder of the National Organization for Women, she was to realize the full flowering of her own feminism through ordination to the Episcopal priesthood. Murray's memoir is an affecting expression of her indomitable spirit and quest for justice. Photographs not seen by PW. (April 1)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1987
Release date: 04/01/1987
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