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The Firebrand and the First Lady - Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice-logo

The Firebrand and the First Lady - Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice

Patricia Bell-Scott

An important, groundbreaking book--two decades in work--that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing twenty-eight-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave, who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal priest, poet, and activist) and Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1948 and human rights internationalist) that critically shaped Eleanor Roosevelt's, and therefore FDR's, view of race and racism in America. It was a decades-long friendship--tender, moving, prodding, inspiring--sustained primarily through correspondence and characterized by brutal honesty, mutual admiration, and respect, revealing the generational and political differences each had to overcome in order to support one another's life. Of the two extraordinary women, one was at the center of world power; the other, an outsider ostracized by the color of her skin, fighting with heart, soul, and intellect to push the world forward (she did!) and to become the figure for change she knew she was meant to be; each alike in many ways: losing both parents as children, being reared by elderly kin; each a devoted Episcopalian with an abiding compassion for the helpless; each possessed of boundless energy and fortitude yet susceptible to low spirits and anxiety; each in a battle against shyness, learning to be outspoken; each at her best when engaged in meaningful, important work. And each in her own society sidelined as a woman, and determined to upend the centuries-old social constriction . . . A riveting portrait that shows how their friendship deepened and endured in the face of enormous social barriers, and that makes clear how Pauli Murray, foremother of the modern-day black and feminist movements, crucially influenced Eleanor Roosevelt's progressive stance on civil and human rights, challenging her to take a stand for justice and freedom ("If some of our statements are bitter these days," Pauli Murray wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt in

An important, groundbreaking book--two decades in work--that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing twenty-eight-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave, who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal priest, poet, and activist) and Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1948 and human rights internationalist) that critically shaped Eleanor Roosevelt's, and therefore FDR's, view of race and racism in America. It was a decades-long friendship--tender, moving, prodding, inspiring--sustained primarily through correspondence and characterized by brutal honesty, mutual admiration, and respect, revealing the generational and political differences each had to overcome in order to support one another's life. Of the two extraordinary women, one was at the center of world power; the other, an outsider ostracized by the color of her skin, fighting with heart, soul, and intellect to push the world forward (she did!) and to become the figure for change she knew she was meant to be; each alike in many ways: losing both parents as children, being reared by elderly kin; each a devoted Episcopalian with an abiding compassion for the helpless; each possessed of boundless energy and fortitude yet susceptible to low spirits and anxiety; each in a battle against shyness, learning to be outspoken; each at her best when engaged in meaningful, important work. And each in her own society sidelined as a woman, and determined to upend the centuries-old social constriction . . . A riveting portrait that shows how their friendship deepened and endured in the face of enormous social barriers, and that makes clear how Pauli Murray, foremother of the modern-day black and feminist movements, crucially influenced Eleanor Roosevelt's progressive stance on civil and human rights, challenging her to take a stand for justice and freedom ("If some of our statements are bitter these days," Pauli Murray wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt in
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An important, groundbreaking book--two decades in work--that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing twenty-eight-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave, who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal priest, poet, and activist) and Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1948 and human rights internationalist) that critically shaped Eleanor Roosevelt's, and therefore FDR's, view of race and racism in America. It was a decades-long friendship--tender, moving, prodding, inspiring--sustained primarily through correspondence and characterized by brutal honesty, mutual admiration, and respect, revealing the generational and political differences each had to overcome in order to support one another's life. Of the two extraordinary women, one was at the center of world power; the other, an outsider ostracized by the color of her skin, fighting with heart, soul, and intellect to push the world forward (she did!) and to become the figure for change she knew she was meant to be; each alike in many ways: losing both parents as children, being reared by elderly kin; each a devoted Episcopalian with an abiding compassion for the helpless; each possessed of boundless energy and fortitude yet susceptible to low spirits and anxiety; each in a battle against shyness, learning to be outspoken; each at her best when engaged in meaningful, important work. And each in her own society sidelined as a woman, and determined to upend the centuries-old social constriction . . . A riveting portrait that shows how their friendship deepened and endured in the face of enormous social barriers, and that makes clear how Pauli Murray, foremother of the modern-day black and feminist movements, crucially influenced Eleanor Roosevelt's progressive stance on civil and human rights, challenging her to take a stand for justice and freedom ("If some of our statements are bitter these days," Pauli Murray wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt in

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen Chilton

Length:

14h 27m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:16:25


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

28:45


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

10:06


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

18:13


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

07:48


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

12:14


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

11:11


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

11:36


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:54


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

13:47


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

16:51


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

12:18


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

20:44


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

13:53


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

21:54


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

13:07


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

18:53


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

17:32


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

13:37


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

16:39


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

10:45


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

06:36


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

15:25


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

10:28


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

12:33


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

04:57


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

14:18


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

11:33


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

13:05


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

12:25


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

10:11


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

11:53


Part 5, Chapter 32
Part 5, Chapter 32

13:54


Part 6, Chapter 33
Part 6, Chapter 33

07:26


Part 6, Chapter 34
Part 6, Chapter 34

04:35


Part 6, Chapter 35
Part 6, Chapter 35

06:22


Part 6, Chapter 36
Part 6, Chapter 36

07:18


Part 6, Chapter 37
Part 6, Chapter 37

12:52


Part 6, Chapter 38
Part 6, Chapter 38

12:09


Part 6, Chapter 39
Part 6, Chapter 39

09:57


Part 6, Chapter 40
Part 6, Chapter 40

06:43


Part 6, Chapter 41
Part 6, Chapter 41

05:54


Part 6, Chapter 42
Part 6, Chapter 42

09:45


Part 7, Chapter 43
Part 7, Chapter 43

15:38


Part 7, Chapter 44
Part 7, Chapter 44

10:52


Part 7, Chapter 45
Part 7, Chapter 45

10:02


Part 7, Chapter 46
Part 7, Chapter 46

05:27


Part 7, Chapter 47
Part 7, Chapter 47

09:55


Part 7, Chapter 48
Part 7, Chapter 48

05:45


Part 7, Chapter 49
Part 7, Chapter 49

18:16


Part 7, Chapter 50
Part 7, Chapter 50

06:37


Part 7, Chapter 51
Part 7, Chapter 51

07:53


Part 7, Chapter 52
Part 7, Chapter 52

08:34


Part 8, Chapter 53
Part 8, Chapter 53

08:54


Part 8, Chapter 54
Part 8, Chapter 54

09:50


Part 8, Chapter 55
Part 8, Chapter 55

07:22


Part 8, Chapter 56
Part 8, Chapter 56

13:08


Part 8, Chapter 57
Part 8, Chapter 57

06:52


Part 8, Chapter 58
Part 8, Chapter 58

06:50


Part 8, Chapter 59
Part 8, Chapter 59

16:26


Part 9, Chapter 60
Part 9, Chapter 60

16:51


Part 9, Chapter 61
Part 9, Chapter 61

16:21


Part 9, Chapter 62
Part 9, Chapter 62

14:04


Part 9, Chapter 63
Part 9, Chapter 63

19:34


Part 9, Chapter 64
Part 9, Chapter 64

04:37


Part 9, Chapter 65
Part 9, Chapter 65

10:36


Part 9, Chapter 66
Part 9, Chapter 66

06:59


Part 9, Chapter 67
Part 9, Chapter 67

07:15


Part 9, Chapter 68
Part 9, Chapter 68

00:38