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Dixie King, our former Executive Director and current Conference Coordinator, will interview Patricia Bell-Scott, author of The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice.
This groundbreaking biography—two decades in the works—tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, who was the granddaughter of a mixed-race slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, forged an enduring friendship that changed each of their lives, enriched the conversation about race, and added vital fuel to the movement for human rights in America. Pauli Murray (1910–1985) became a lawyer, civil and women’s rights pioneer, and the first African American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, despite the discrimination she faced because of her race, sex, and sexuality. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962), the niece of Theodore Roosevelt and the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, became a diplomat and human rights internationalist in her own right. Drawing on letters, journals, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, and interviews, Patricia presents the first close-up portrait of this evolving friendship and how it was sustained over time, what each gave to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 social justice.
- Won the Lillian Smith Book Award
- Named Best Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year by the American Library
- Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
- Longlisted for the National Book Award
Patricia’s previous books include Life Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women, Flat-footed Truths: Telling Black Women’s Lives, and Double Stitch: Black Women Write about Mothers and Daughters, which won the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize. A former contributing editor to Ms. Magazine, she is professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science at the University of Georgia and a cofounder of the National Women’s Studies Association.