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Southern Circuit Film ” My Name is Pauli Murray”

February 20 @ 12:00 am - February 23 @ 11:30 pm


Southern Circuit Film, My Name is Pauli Murray will screen online February 20-23, 2022.

Overlooked by history, Pauli Murray was a legal trailblazer whose ideas influenced RBG’s fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall’s landmark civil rights arguments. Featuring never-before-seen footage and audio recordings, a portrait of Murray’s impact as a non-binary Black luminary: lawyer, activist, poet, and priest who transformed our world. As a result, told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey. Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. Consequently, a pioneering attorney, activist and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness—around race and gender equity.

Also, as an African American youth raised in the segregated South—who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time.

“My Name is Pauli Murray should be required viewing for any female, person of color, or member of the queer community.”  – Norman Gidney, Film Threat

“Possibly the most unsung and influential thought maker in legal Civil Rights history… ” Sheri Flanders, Chicago Reader

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. This screening is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



February 20 @ 12:00 am
February 23 @ 11:30 pm
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Clayton Center for the Arts


502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804 United States
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