Pauli Murray College

Yale’s fourteenth residential college was named in honor of civil rights activist and lawyer Pauli Murray (JSD 1965, DDIV Hon. 1979) who in 1965 became the first African American to earn a JSD degree from Yale Law School. Murray’s life work largely focused on gender and racial equality: she cofounded the National Organization of Women, became the first African-American woman ordained as an Episcopal priest, and wrote scholarly works such as “Jane Crow and the Law: Sex Discrimination and Title VII” and “Roots of the Racial Crisis: Prologue to Policy.”