Upcoming Round Table Discussion on Pauli Murray

flyer for Pauli Murray event

Our new discussion series, OurStories Round Tables, is hosting its first event on Friday July 28 from 7-8PM at the Lavender Library on 1414 21st Street. Dr. Paula Austin will lead a discussion on activist, legal scholar, and historian Pauli Murray (1910-1985). Dr. Austin teaches in Sacramento State’s History Department, and specializes in African American History, as well as urban, gender, and social history. She has done programming work with campus departments/centers like the MLK Jr. Center, PRIDE Center, and Women’s Resource Center, like a recent panel discussion on the history of queer women who rebel.

This first discussion will focus on Pauli Murray, who graduated from Howard University’s law school in 1944, was jailed in 1940 after refusing to sit in the back of a bus, and authored numerous books and essays on race, law, and civil rights. She also had a long friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, along with many of the prominent Civil Rights leaders of the time period. Murray was also “gender nonconforming” and “masculine-of-center” performing, tried to obtain “male hormones” in the 1930s, and had many openly romantic relationships with women. Many have argued that these are some of the reasons Murray’s contributions have been erased from the narrative of the Civil Rights Movement.

While Dr. Austin will give a little context and will share some of what Murray accomplished across her lifetime, we invite attendees to read a little about Murray before the event. Below are a few resources you should check out!

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/18/black_queer_feminist_erased_from_history_meet_the_most_important_legal_scholar_youve_likely_never_heard_of/

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/02/19/387200033/the-black-queer-feminist-legal-trailblazer-youve-never-heard-of

https://paulimurrayproject.org/pauli-murray/biography/

https://www.amazon.com/Pauli-Murray-Autobiography-Activist-Feminist/dp/0870495968

https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Crow-Life-Pauli-Murray/dp/019065645X (the Lavender Library just ordered this book, check on our social media for updates on when it is cataloged and available for check out)

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Metered street parking is available, and there are a few spots in the building’s small parking lot. Email the Library for more information: info@lavenderlibrary.com

CA State Fair Fundraiser

Hey Folks! If you’re planning to attend the California State Fair between July 14 and 30, buy your tickets online and enter the code “LLACE” so the Lavender Library gets a portion of your purchase. Also, spread the word by sharing this blog post. We could certainly use the funds to help keep our lights on and our materials available. Thank you so much for your help! And have fun at the Fair!

Visit by Author Michael Helquist

photo of author and book cover

Michael Helquist, journalist and historian,  will visit the Lavender Library on Friday July 21, from 7-9PM to discuss his new book, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. In his book, Helquist tells the story of how Equi fought for women’s and worker’s rights, sometimes literally—she once horsewhipped a school superintendent for withholding her girlfriend’s full pay. In the course of her fiercely independent life, Equi provided birth control and abortions at a time when they were illegal, was one of the first people in a same-sex relationship to adopt a child, and served time in San Quentin for protesting World War I.

Refreshments will be provided, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Metered street parking is available, along with a few free parking spots in the building’s small lot.

If you are interested in other books on LGBTQ history, check out our non-fiction section with works by other historians like George Chauncey and Susan Stryker.

For more information, email the Lavender Library at info@lavenderlibrary.com

Address and Phone: 1414 21st Street, Sacramento CA 95811, (916) 492-0558

Visit Us at Sac Pride and ArtMix!

Sacramento Pride is Saturday June 3, and we’ll be there! Find our table and come say hello. We’ll have books for sale (for suggested donation of $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks), a craft activity, and we’ll be selling memberships.

Because we’re all at Pride, the Library will be closed on Saturday.

We’ll also be at ArtMix at the Crocker Art Museum on THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 6-9:30PM. For information visit: https://tickets.crockerart.org/Info.aspx?EventID=18.