The first release of the 2024 American Women Quarters Program honors the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray. Reverend Dr. Murray was keenly aware of the oppression that she faced as a Black woman. She lived her life fighting tirelessly for civil rights and gender equality.
Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray is regarded as one of the most important social justice advocates of the 20th century. She was a lawyer, poet, writer, activist, Episcopal priest, as well as a staunch advocate for civil rights, fighting against racial and sex discrimination.
In 1950, Murray published "States' Laws on Race and Color," an overview, examination, and critique of state segregation laws all throughout America. Murray skillfully illustrated the social implications and unconstitutionality of segregation laws. This nearly 800-page book is often referred to as the "bible" of the civil rights movement and commonly considered the foundation for the arguments posed in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.
The quarter's reverse shows the Reverend Dr. Murray looking out through word HOPE along with a line from her best-known poem. The common obverse depicts a portrait of Washington. Denver mint in Brilliant Uncirculated.