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This is Pauli Murray and his dog, Black-and-White-Together-We-Shall-Overcome, hanging out together at Benedict College, South Carolina. The photo was taken around 1967 or 1968.

A few years earlier, in 1965, Pauli had become the first African-American person to receive a Doctor of Juridicial Science from Yale, making him Dr. Pauli Murray – to commemorate this, he more often called Black-and-White-Together-We-Shall-Overcome “Doc” for short.

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(Image source: Estate of Pauli Murray, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, found on p.315 of Rosalind Rosenberg’s Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray)