The Pauli Murray Award
Established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Award commemorates the life of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a distinguished and remarkable person who confronted discrimination, racism, and sexism in her own life.
The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, an Orange County adult, and an Orange County business that have served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents. Click here for information on the most recent and upcoming Pauli Murray Awards event.
29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards
The 29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 pm at 300 W. Tryon St. in Hillsborough.
The Orange County Human Relations Commission is now accepting nominations for the 29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm EST on Monday, January 21, 2019.
Student Essay Contest
The Orange County Human Relations Commission is now accepting entries for the 2019 Student Essay Contest. Essay submissions are due by 5:00 pm EST on Monday, January 21, 2019.
This year's prompt: What do you feel was Pauli Murray’s biggest contribution to the lives of women and/or people of color? In addition, please describe in your essay a meaningful personal experience that reflects the acceptance of, or advocacy for, diversity and inclusion.
Prizes will be distributed to the top three entries in the High School category, and the top three entries in the Middle School category. Prize breakdown is as follows:
- First Place: $250
- Second Place: $150
- Third Place: $100
Rev. Tim Kimrey
|1991||*No Ceremony Held||*No Ceremony Held||*No Ceremony Held|
|1992||*No Ceremony Held||*No Ceremony Held||*No Ceremony Held|
|1993||--||Charlotte Garth Adams||--|
|1996||--||Allan "Lightning" Brown||--|
|1997||Alicia Hermann (Keesling)||Timothy Miles||--|
|1998||Liala Edwards||Hazel Lunsford||--|
|1999||Danielle Brittany Price||Aubrey Chris Nutter||Weaver Street Market|
|2000||Jacquelyn Lynn Payne (Rogers)||Bonnie B. Davis
|2001||Kristin Mattison||Peter Richard Kramer||Women's Workout Club|
|2002||Rachel McCook||Shirley Marshall||Carol Woods Retirement Community|
|2003||Laura Williamson||Mariah Ann McPherson||Kelsey's Cafe|
|2005||*No Ceremony Held||*No Ceremony Held||*No Ceremony Held|
|2006||--||Florence D. Soltys||Balloons and Tunes|
|Fleet Feet Sports|
|2008||Camellia Lee||Josephine Holman-Long||Cliff's Meat Market|
|2009||Elizabeth McManus||Robert L. Campbell||DooR to DooR|
|2010||*No Ceremony Held||*No Ceremony Held||*No Ceremony Held|
|2011||Joseph DeVito||Maggie West||Chapel Hill Rehabilitation and Healthcare|
|2012||Emma Morris||Crystal Fisher||--|
|2013||Desaray Rockett||Judith Blau||Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe|
|2014||Emma Catanzaro||Elizabeth "Binnie" Davis
Walter Faribault, Jr.
|Music Makers Relief Foundation|
|2015||Linnea Van Manen
|2016||Korie Dean||Flicka Bateman||Mediterranean Deli|
|2017||Kenzi Patrick||Mariela Hernandez||--|