Pauli Murray Awards

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Established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Award commemorates the life of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a distinguished and remarkable person who confronted discrimination, racism, and sexism in her own life.  

The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, an Orange County adult, and an Orange County business that have served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents.  

28th Annual Pauli Murray Award Winners

Mariela Hernandez
is this year's adult winner. She is a Zone Navigator with Orange County’s Family Success Alliance (FSA), an organization designed to “close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in Orange County.” She works with a variety of resources in the area to connect children and families with the services they need. She collaborates with local non-profits and public agencies to develop ways to empower community members and address structural inequities in the systems in which we live.

Kenzi Patrick was chosen as the youth honoree. She is a 12th grade student at Orange High School with a heart for being involved through service. She balances a high GPA, athletics, and service effectively. Among numerous other clubs and initiatives, she was involved with the Hate Free Schools Coalition and advocated to have the Confederate Flag banned from Orange County Public Schools in hopes of creating a learning environment free from racial intimidation. 

2017-2018 Student Contest Winners

2017-2018 Topic
“The Life of Mr. Frederick Douglass – The Power of Words” 
Using a selected platform (e.g., Art/Dance/Spoken Word Video or Essay), express why you believe learning to read and write can make the difference in your life or as a responsible citizen in the United States of America. Use personal examples from your own life or a person that has influenced you in school or home. All entries must be submitted in English.

  • First Place: Alexandra Enriquez Cano, 6th Grade, McDougle Middle School
  • Second Place: Nevaeh Hodge, 6th Grade, Culbreth Middle School
  • Third Place: Jared Little, 8th Grade, A.L. Stanback Middle School