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The friendship between Pauli Murray, a human rights activist, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is explored in a new book by Patricia Bell-Scott, University of Georgia professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science. Bell-Scott will discuss her book, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice (published by Knopf), Feb. 4 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Co-sponsored by the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives and the Institute for African American Studies, the event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is part of UGA’s Black History Month observance and will launch a national book tour. Prior to the Bell-Scott’s presentation, the African American Choral Ensemble will present a selection of songs under the direction of Dr. Gregory Broughton. A reception will also be held.
As founding editor of SAGE: A Scholarly Journal on Women, Bell-Scott contacted Pauli Murray to serve on its initial editorial board. A comment in Murray’s return letter – “you need to know some of the veterans of the battle whose shoulders you now stand on” – stayed with Bell-Scott, eventually leading to nearly two decades of research and writing that has produced this dual biography. “Pauli’s suggestion sounded like a call in many ways,” Bell-Scott said.
“Once I began reading the correspondence between them, I knew my job was to tell their story,” she said. “I wanted to know what drew together the granddaughter of a mulatto slave reared in North Carolina, and a native New Yorker, whose ancestry entitled her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. I wanted to understand the nature of their unlikely friendship, and how it changed over time. I wondered what individual needs the relationship satisfied, how were they changed by it, and what significance did it have for the cause of social justice.”
Drawing on letters, journals, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, and interviews, Bell-Scott gives us the first close-up portrait of this evolving friendship and how it was sustained over time, what each gave to the other, and how their friendship changed the cause of American social justice.
Murray and Roosevelt met after a letter Murray wrote protesting racial segregation in the South made its way to the First Lady.
“I learned that their friendship began in 1938 as a confrontation in words, fueled by Murray’s desire for dramatic social change and the First Lady’s obligation to the measured approach Franklin Roosevelt’s administration took on the question of civil rights,” Bell-Scott said.
Murray was the first African American to receive a doctor of juridical science from Yale, the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, a key strategist in the fight to preserve Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women.
“I am delighted this book is coming out at this particular moment,” Bell-Scott said, citing the 50th anniversary of NOW, the 55th anniversary of President Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women that was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, and the 60th anniversary of Murray’s memoir, Proud Shoes, which many scholars consider the precursor to Alex Hailey’s Roots.
“The friendship between Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt came to be characterized by honesty, trust, empathy, mutual respect, acceptance, a commitment to hearing the other’s point of view, pleasure in each other’s company, and the ability to pick up where they left off, irrespective of the miles that had separated them or the time lapsed,” Bell-Scott said.
The 20th anniversary of the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center & Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and the Law will be observed March 5 with a rededication beginning at 1 p.m. in the Gallery Hallway of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
The annual exhibit will examine the changing world of women from 1632 when the first treatise on women’s legal status and rights was published to the 19th and early 20th centuries in the U.S. and Great Britain, a period of major social transformation.
Dr. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost, Lucy Hargrett Draper and a student representative will make remarks. Gallery tours and a reception to follow.
The observance will continue with a series of four events co-sponsored with Women’s Studies throughout March.
- Check out the lists of new titles for the COE at New Books & CML News
- The CML will be closed January 17th for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Regular hours resume January 19th.
- Browse thousands of journals on-line for free with BrowZine! Visit the BrowZine link to learn more about this great feature. The link can also be found under the Journals tab on the Libraries’ Homepage>>www.libs.uga.edu . Education titles can be found under Sociobehavioral Sciences and can then be broken down further with additional clicks. This new feature does not include all the journals to which the Libraries subscribe, but it is a handy way to browse those journals which are included. Questions? Ask! Carla Wilson Buss and Nadine Cohen are happy to help.
- Looking for classroom materials on diversity & tolerance?Teaching Tolerance has suggestions for diversity in the classroom and activities that promote cultural awareness.
An exhibit in the Hargrett galleries of the Russell Special Collections Libraries honors the contributions of the 2015 inductees into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: Vereen Bell, Taylor Branch, Paul Hemphill and Janisse Ray.
Vereen Bell A regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s Weekly in their heyday, Cairo native Vereen Bell enjoyed a fruitful career writing short stories often set in his native south Georgia. After appearing serially in the Post, Bell’s 1940 novel Swamp Water was bought by Hollywood and made into a 1941 movie filmed partially on location near Waycross in the Okefenokee Swamp. After the publication of his second novel, Two of a Kind, and a collection of short stories about hunting dogs, Bell’s career was cut tragically short when, as a World War II naval officer, he was fatally wounded during the Battle of Leyte Gulf – the only author to die in battle as a serviceman in WWII.
Taylor Branch Atlanta-born journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch is best known for his epic narrative trilogy of the civil rights era, America in the King Years (1989-2006). He began his career with a series of articles in 1969-70 for Washington Monthly on race and politics in southwest Georgia, and has subsequently worked as both writer and editor at other influential national magazines. He has written or edited several nonfiction works on the nation’s executive branch, including one of the defining books on the Bill Clinton presidency. Investigating the history of the United States’ peculiar mixture of higher education and big-money sports, Branch sparked public debate with his October 2011 cover story for The Atlantic (“The Shame of College Sports”), which led to his being invited to testify before Congress on college athletes and academics.
Paul Hemphill In the late 1960s, the masthead of the bestselling Atlanta Journal bragged that the daily newspaper covered Dixie “like the dew,” and columnist Paul Hemphill was the Journal’s front-page star, writing six 1,000-word columns a week often devoted to the lives and outlooks of wage workers and wayward souls. After winning a prestigious Nieman fellowship to Harvard in 1969, he left daily newspaper work and spent most of the next forty years as a freelancer. Hemphill died in 2009, having written four novels and eight full-length books of nonfiction, collaborated on two others and produced three book-length compilations of articles, all largely about the blue-collar South, its denizens and their ballparks, dirt tracks, two-lane blacktops, and their prejudices. Among Hemphill’s many
awards for writing, in 1993 his acclaimed memoir Leaving Birmingham — part wrenching family memoir and part biography of his native city’s emergence from its violent, racist past — was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Janisse Ray Appling County native Janisse Ray began her career publishing poetry, but it was the runaway success of her 1999 memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood that guaranteed her national audience. A naturalist and environmental activist, Ray combines lyrical passion and scientific precision in her writings, exalting and defending the wild areas of America, most particularly her south Georgia homeland—its forests, swamps and rivers. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood is Ray’s song to Georgia’s once-glorious pine flatwoods interwined with childhood memories of rural isolation, family tension and poverty. She is the author of a 2010 collection of poetry steeped in her love of wildness, and of four other full-length books of nonfiction that tell the stories of a humble swamp in south Georgia, the Altamaha River, and organic farms such as those Ray has made her own in Appling and Tattnall counties.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame is pleased to present this exhibition from the bookshelves and archives of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The exhibit runs through December 21.
Did you know that November is also Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Visit our display in the Curriculum Materials Library, 207 Aderhold Hall, to see a few of our titles celebrating this different occasion! Thanks again to talented student worker, Stephanie Duque, for curating this display.
Need more resources? Here’s a short list
November is Native American Heritage Month. The Curriculum Materials Library staff, namely our excellent student worker, Stephanie Duque, has put together a small sampling of titles from the CML related to this observance. For a complete list of titles on Native Americans in the CML click here. Visit us in 207 Aderhold Hall or online.
Searching for more resources? Try these:
Lee & Low ~ search for Native American. Lee & Low has a page for Teachers and many of their titles have Classroom Guides.