What began with President Obama naming the Stonewall Inn as the first LGBTQ national historic monument has seemingly started a ripple effect. Now, the movement to immortalize American LGBTQ history is in full swing, and one of the latest monuments to be commemorated is the home of queer African American advocate Pauli Murray.
Murray, a writer, poet, lawyer and co-founder of the National Organization for Women, helped craft the language to include sex discrimination as part of the Civil Rights Act. "She served as a bridge figure between social movements through her advocacy for both women’s and civil rights," says the Department of the Interior’s website.
"We are thrilled to be named a National History Landmark,” said Mayme Webb-Bledsoe, board chair of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. "This designation recognizes Pauli Murray as the nationally significant human rights champion she was."