HRC Events

  1. Pauli Murray Awards
  2. Community Conversations/Town Halls
  3. Annual Forum
  4. Community Read

Pauli Murray Awards


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.  

29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards

The 29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards was held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 pm at 300 W. Tryon St. in Hillsborough. 

Award Nominations

Nominations for the 29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards were due by January 21, 2019. This year's winners are:

  • Lorie Clark-Adult Awardee
  • Joe Van Gogh-Business Awardee

Student Essay Contest

Essay submissions for the 2019 Student Essay Contest were due by January 21, 2019. This year's winners are:

  • Middle School
    • Jordan Huang-Guy B. Phillips Middle School
    • Annie Papazaglou-McDougle Middle School
  • High School
    • Hannalee Isaacs-Chapel Hill High School  

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.

Find more information here.