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Pauli Murray Awards: Black LGBTQ+ 40 Under 40 Honors
Published on October 20, 2022 by Cory L. Scott

The Family of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray grants The JeSuisNiiLee Mutual Aid Collective naming rights for their 1st Annual Pauli Murray Awards: Black LGBTQ+ 40 Under 40 Honors.
 
 
Atlanta, GA - The JeSuisNiiLee Mutual Aid Collective is excited to announce the creation of the Pauli Murray Awards: Black LGBTQ+ 40 Under 40 Honors. Preserving Pauli Murray, LLC, the organization headed by the family of the late Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, Esq., has granted the Collective permission to use the name of the civil rights icon and architect of modern American democracy as the namesake for the awards. 

“What an honor that you have chosen the "Pauli Murray Awards: Black LGBTQ+ 40 Under 40 Honors'' as the name for your awards. It seems finally... Aunt Pauli's name is becoming more well known. With all of her amazing achievements, Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray should be a household name by now,” said Rosita Stevens-Holsey, the niece of Pauli Murray and representative for Preserving Pauli Murray, LLC.

Each year, beginning in 2023, The Pauli Murray Awards: Black LGBTQ+ 40 Under 40 Honors will honor 40 Black, LGBTQ+ individuals under the age of 40 who are doing amazing work in their respective fields/spheres of influence. The Pauli Murray Awards serves as a mechanism to recognize these amazing individuals while they do noteworthy work in their communities in the prime of their lives and to help end the erasure of Black, queer folk from their rightful places in the telling of our collective history as a country.

“Black, queer-identified individuals have often gone overlooked, ignored, or erased in regards to their contributions to American society and the world. From Bayard Rustin and Barbara Jordan to George Washington Carver and, of course, Pauli Murray, America would not exist as it does today without the life's work of these Black and queer individuals. Yet, most of their stories go untold, their contributions unacknowledged, and their full humanity disregarded and uncelebrated. The Pauli Murray Awards are one step in the direction of changing that reality.” -- Cory L. Scott, Co-Founder of the JeSuisNiiLee Mutual Aid Collective & Co-Chair of the awards.

The 1st Annual Pauli Murray Awards: Black LGBTQ+ 40 Under 40 Honors will take place in New York City on June 21, 2023 as the unofficial kick off to NYC Pride Weekend 2023. The nominations period for the awards will begin in January 2023 and will remain open until March 1, 2023. 

More information will be made available at a later date. Any questions in regards to the awards, sponsorship opportunities or media inquiries can be directed to info@paulimurraywards.com.
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