Washington Post Article

By Julianne Malveaux March 11, 2016

Julianne Malveaux, an economist and author, is the author, most recently, of “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama, and Public Policy.”

Somehow, in 1938, a letter from an unknown, 28-year-old black activist caught the attention of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The writer was Pauli Murray, who had been denied admission to the University of North Carolina because of her race — and she was rightfully outraged. Perhaps it was the thoughtful passion of Murray’s words that captivated the first lady, who plucked the letter out of thousands.



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