Dr. Pauli Murray’s U.S. Quarter Illustrates Our Nation’s Progress But Much More Work Remains to Achieve Equality

Washington, D.C. – Christian F. Nunes, National President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), issued the following statement regarding the upcoming commemoration of the release of the 2024 Pauli Murray Quarter: 

“The inclusion of Dr. Murray as the first Black queer person on any American currency is a testament to her relentless fight for equality and justice. NOW is honored and proud to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Pauli Murray, a trailblazing advocate for civil rights, feminism, and intersectional justice. 

As one of the co-founders of NOW, Dr. Murray understood and navigated the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Her courage and resilience were unwavering. From her groundbreaking work in the civil rights movement to her advocacy for gender equality, Dr. Murray’s legacy continues to inspire us.  

NOW stands firm in its dedication to advancing the rights of all women, particularly BIPOC and marginalized, who have been overlooked. We recognize that our fight for equality is far from over, and we draw strength from Dr. Murray’s enduring spirit and determination.  

We thank the U.S. Mint and the members of Congress involved in bringing the Dr. Pauli Murray Quarter to fruition. This historic tribute serves as a reminder of our nation’s progress and the work that lies ahead in building a more just and equitable society for future generations.” 

The 2024 Dr. Pauli Murray Quarter is the 11th coin in the American Women Quarters Program. Dr. Murray was a poet, writer, activist, lawyer, and Episcopal priest. She is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most important social justice advocates. For more information about Dr. Murray, please visit now.org. 

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