The figure in Black history that inspires me the most is Pauli Murray. Murray was an influential visionary, lawyer, poet, strategist, priest, and civil and human rights activist.
Throughout the course of her life, Pauli Murray contributed to pivotal civil rights legislation, fought against segregation and gender discrimination, and championed the rights and dignity of ALL people. Despite great adversity and complex struggles that Murray experienced throughout her life, she persisted in her endeavors and convictions to allow love to be the root of her service while relentlessly fighting for justice. Pauli Murray’s life and legacy, as expressed in her work, theology, and service was born of love, steadfastness, and unyielding hope.
Her remarkable legacy inspires me to approach my service to young people with the spirit of unbridled love, action-driven hope, and audacious courage to always speak up for the rights, well-being, and dignity of all children even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
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