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Pauli Murray applied to be a Supreme Court justice in 1971. 50 years later, a Black woman could make history.

Murray recognized that the world had yet to catch up, telling The Washington Post in 1977, "I'm always ahead of my time.". Foto: AP/Ritzau Scanpix

When Pauli Murray wrote to President Richard Nixon in September 1971, the trailblazing lawyer, activist, writer and scholar held no illusions about how the letter would be received.

The 60-year-old constitutional lawyer was writing to Nixon to "do something which may be unprecedented in the history of the USA": to directly apply, as a self-identified "Negro woman," for a seat on the Supreme Court...

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