The Carolina Theatre Hosts Film Screening and Discussion on Pauli Murray

September 13, 2021 by Hanna Mercer

Film features the iconic Durham activist followed by a discussion with Pauli Murray Center executive director


Durham, NC September 13, 2021—The Carolina Theatre of Durham will feature a screening of, “My Name is Pauli Murray” on Friday, September 17th at 7 pm. The screening will include an introduction followed by a question-and-answer session with Barbara Lau, executive director of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.

“My Name is Pauli Murray” is a documentary on the life and ideas of Pauli Murray, a non-binary Black lawyer, activist, and poet who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall. The film examines how Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness—around race and gender equity.

Murray was raised in segregated Durham, North Carolina.

Barbara Lau is executive director of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, a National Historic Landmark site in Durham, North Carolina that honors the legacy of activist, lawyer, poet, and priest, Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray. Anchored by Murray’s childhood home, the center is focused on history, education, the arts, and social mobilization.

Lau also serves as the director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.  Lau brings 40 years of experience as a folklorist, curator, professor, oral historian, media producer, and author to this work.  Lau teaches undergraduate courses about Durham and LGBTQ history and culture.

Tickets to “My Name is Pauli Murray” can be purchased at the Carolina Theatre’s box office, located at 309 West Morgan Street in Durham or online at Additional screenings start Friday, September 17th and run through Sunday, September 27th.

The Carolina Theatre of Durham is closely following all public health guidelines set by the City of Durham. Currently, all visitors are required to wear a mask except for when actively eating or drinking.

Additionally, the Carolina Theatre of Durham has installed Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization technology (NBPI)™ to purify indoor air quality in all public spaces. The Theatre has also received Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ certification, the gold standard for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.


About The Carolina Theatre of Durham:

Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. More information at


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