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Barbara Lau

Barbara Lau is director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/Franklin Humanities Institute where she connects her commitment to justice with her belief in the power of community practice. She is also the Executive Director of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. The Pauli Murray Family Home was named a National Historic Landmark in December 2016 and will be open to visitors in 2020.

Lau’s 20 years experience as a folklorist, curator, professor, oral historian, media producer and author includes curating exhibitions, performances and public art projects. She has produced To Buy the Sun, an original play about Pauli Murray; co-directed the Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life community mural project; and curated Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest. She teaches undergraduate courses about Durham and LGBTQ history and culture. She earned a BA in Sociology/Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in folklore at the University of North Carolina.

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