Celebrate Black History Month with an Adelante Webinar Book Discussion about Social Justice Allies Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt

February 7, 2018


Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Event Description:

Calling all members! Join AAUW as we talk with 1984–85 AAUW American Fellow and University of Georgia Professor Emerita Patricia Bell-Scott, Ph.D., about her new book, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. Bell-Scott delivers a close-up portrait of “the enormously important friendship between two activist crusaders.”

When 28-year-old Pauli Murray wrote a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, protesting southern segregation, she could not have known that it would start a friendship that would last for 25 years. But that is exactly what happened after First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt responded to the letter. The Firebrand and the First Lady provides the first substantive study of how two social justice activists — one the granddaughter of a mixed-race slave, the other a woman whose ancestry made her eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution — formed a relationship that helped change the course of race and racism in the United States. Register now to join us as we discuss the riveting history of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist and the first lady of the United States forged an enduring friendship.

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About AAUW’s ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club

Did you know? Women authors are much less likely than male authors to have their books reviewed in major publications like the New York Times and Harper’s Magazine. That’s why we created the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club: to spotlight engrossing stories and writing by women from all backgrounds. We also connect our members to some of the authors we feature through web discussions. Stay in the Know about upcoming Adelante author discussions or create your own ¡Adelante! book club.

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1984–85 AAUW American Fellow Patricia Bell-Scott, Ph.D.

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