7 thoughts on “Thoughts from Boycott 1963: Sandra A. Murray

  1. Melony McGant

    What a truly insightful reflection! Imagine that the school counselor did not want to encourage Dr. Sandra Murray to pursue her dreams. She obviously had many obstacles placed in her path, as did so many othersand yet her tenacity has made her one of the foremost researchers of our time I salute her and the many other dreamers who have worked tirelessly for equity and good change. Racism and classism still exists in America. Our children need resources and encouragement. Much work is still to be done. I Salute Dr. Murray and the many others who continue to work to open doors. Thanks for sharing this impotant story!

  2. Deborah Harmon Hines

    Sandra, thank you for sharing. I grew up in Memphis at the same time you were coming of age in Chicago. My guidance counselor gave me similar advice. She was African American. Neither of my parents had attended college and I came from the wrong neighborhood. Thank God we did not listen to those people who tried to dissuade us. Your buddy, Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD.

  3. Ruthie Johnson

    Dr. Sandra Murray, I am so proud of you! I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the 1963 boycott. Seeing the photo of Grandma Muggie, Auntie Charlette and yourself makes me very happy to be an extension of the family. I do not remember this day or much about the period as I was only one-year-old in 1963. However, reading your recollections of that day and seeing the photo is very insightful. What I do remember is that you always pushed education and encouraged me to do my very best. Now I know why. I was also fortunate to have teachers that valued my desire to learn and encouraged me in the same way. Learning was always easy for me and something I truly enjoyed. Thank you for being a positive influence, goal setter for African Americans at large, and for paving a pathway for me and so many others. Respectfully, Your Niece, Ruthie “Marie” Johnson, M.B.A.

  4. Douglas L. Robinson, Jr.

    Dr. Sandra Murray, you have been a beacon light of hope to many mentees, including me. I remember being under your tutelage, while attending the University of Pittsburgh. With your sound advice, I am now completing the MD./Ph.D. program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, where Dr. James Hildreth is president. I am earning my Ph.D. in the department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology with a research focus on investigating why women are more prone to developing chronic pain conditions in comparison to men.
    I greatly appreciate your continual support and reminding me how important education and health equity are to a person’s well-being. Be blessed, onward and upward!

  5. Carolyn B. Murray

    Thanks to Muggie you now inspire 10s of thousands not to give up, not to settle for less. Thanks Muggie!

  6. Thomas Landefeld

    After reading the article, as a long time friend and colleague of Sandra’s, I can say that I am even more proud (if that is possible!) of being her friend. She has always been an outstanding role model to young people; however, as a colleague and peer, I am among many others who also have always wanted to be like her! In these days and times, e.g. BLM, she truly symbolizes what “doing the right thing” entails. Just as she followed he Mother, I will always follow her in her march for making things right. Sandra, you are truly an inspiration.

  7. Chantay Robinson

    Dear Sandra,
    what a wonderful piece. I am very proud of your mother and you of course, and also my grandmother (your mother’s sister) for the actions they took to change the laws and fight for our rights as African Americans. These actions certainly made our world a better place. Thankful



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