Review: Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist & Civil Rights Activist

If you’re looking for an inspiring biography about an unsung hero of history, I have the perfect selection for you today! Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist & Civil Rights Activist by Rosita Stevens-Holsey and Terry Catasús Jennings is a stunning middle grade biography in verse that recounts the life of Pauli Murray, a queer civil rights and women’s rights activist who was a champion for justice.

Title: Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist & Civil Rights Activist
Author: Rosita Stevens-Holsey and Terry Catasús Jennings
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Published: January 4, 2022
Format: Middle Grade

Written by one of Pauli’s nieces, this book gives children ages 8-12 a personal look into Pauli Murray’s remarkable life. Pauli demanded fairness and justice throughout her entire life, from her childhood in Durham, North Carolina where she was raised my her aunts, to her career as a writer, lawyer, activist, and priest. She had a brilliant mind and was responsible for conceptualizing the arguments that would win Brown vs. Board of Education in 1944, as well as arguments that won equality for women in the workplace in 1964. She was a trailblazer who doesn’t often get the credit she deserves for the work she did, and I can’t wait to see how her story inspires young readers today.

Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist & Civil Rights Activist is available wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)

Thank you so much to Little Bee Books and Terry Catasús Jennings for sending me a review copy of this amazing book. I am so glad I got the opportunity to learn about such a remarkable historical figure, and I’m thrilled to share this story with everyone today.

About The Authors:

Rosita Stevens-Holsey is one of Pauli Murray’s nieces, and an ambassador for the Pauli Murray family. She feels it is an honor to be part of enhancing and promoting her aunt’s legacy, and her responsibility as a family member to do so. Rosita lives outside of Washington, D.C.

Terry Catasús Jennings came to the United States with her family after fleeing Cuba after the Bay of Pigs invasion. Today, Terry resides in Reston, Virginia with her family. She is the author of the upcoming picture book La Casita de Esperanza/The Little House of Hope and the Definitely Dominguita chapter book series.

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