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.
30th Annual Pauli Murray Awards
The 30th Annual Pauli Murray Awards was held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Whitted Building, located at 300 W. Tryon St. in Hillsborough.
This year’s winners are Mae McLendon as the adult awardee and Thea Barrett as the youth awardee. Ms. McLendon is a long time resident of Orange County and has served the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area for over 40 years through elected positions, civic volunteerism, and the ministry. Ms. Barrett is a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, and is an advocate for sensible gun control, ending mental health stigma, and bettering the world for all through her service.
The keynote address was given by Ed Pavlić, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Georgia. In addition to his many published works in publications like The New York Times, Boston Review, Harvard Review, and Callaloo Pavlić is author of eleven books of poetry, scholarship, fiction, and non-fiction. Pavlić’s awards include the Albert Christ-Janer Creative Research Award (2015), the National Poetry Series Open Competition (2012, 2014), the The American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize (2001), the Writer of the Year Award from the Georgia Writer’s Association (2009), and the Darwin Turner Memorial Award from African American Review (1997).
Collage Dance Company, a youth African Dance Company, performed this year. "Collage Dance Company strives to build confidence, creativity, character, and perseverance in our community’s youth. We use the vehicles of Music, Dance and Visual Art to attain these goals." The Voices of Hope choir from A Place Called Hope Church also performed.
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||--|
|2018||--||Lorie L. Clark||Joe Van Gogh|
|2019||Thea Barrett||Mae McLendon||--|