Opening this FRIDAY: “To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray”

This Friday, the Pauli Murray Project’s Centennial Celebration continues, with the inauguration of “To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray,” a play about the life and legacy of this trailblazing Durham native.  The play is written by Lynden Harris, directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams and features Chaunesti Webb Lyon and Brie Nash.

“Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to stand, Pauli Murray refused to sit in the back of the bus; 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins, she organized restaurant sit-downs in the nation’s capital.  Durham native Pauli Murray not only lived on the edge of history, she seemingly “pulled it along with her.”  One hundred twenty-three years after her enslaved grandmother was baptized at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, Pauli Murray returned as America’s first female African-American Episcopal priest to celebrate her groundbreaking Eucharist there.  A lifelong champion for human rights, Pauli Murray’s struggles and insights resonate powerfully in our times.  Celebrate her history; create our future.”

PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • January 28-30, 2011 (DURHAM)
  • February 4-5, 2011 (CARRBORO)
  • February 13, 2011 (CHAPEL HILL)
  • February 18, 2011 (HILLSBOROUGH)

Tickets are $10 and information on purchasing for each venue is available here.  For Performance Sponsorships and Group Tickets, contact: Barbara Lau at 919/613-6167 or  balau@duke.edu

This project is supported by grants from the Paul Green Foundation and a mini grant from Imagine Durham: Durham’s Results Based Accountability Initiative (www.durhamnc.gov/rba).

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