Funeral Planned For NC Civil Rights Icon Margaret Rose Murray, Who Fought For Children’s Equal Access To Education

Civil rights icon, community activist and historian Margaret Rose Murray passed away this week.

Born in 1931, her lifelong dedication to helping others landed her on the Raleigh Hall of Fame in 2009.

Murray was passionate about promoting the development of Black-owned businesses, and helped create the Business Building Society of Wake County and also gave seminars at St. Augustine’s college. She also pushed for equity in preschool level education for Black children, ultimately founding the Vital Link Private School alongside her husband. She worked hard to raise money for educational programs, such as the United Negro College Fund, the O.A. Dupree Scholarship Fund, St. Augustine’s College, Shaw University and the Garner Road YMCA, according to her profile on the Raleigh Hall of Fame website.

Murray and her late husband were personal friends with Martin Luther King, Jr. and a long list of governors and national leaders.

Muhammad Ali even stayed at Murray’s house for about a month right here in North Carolina.

Her voice and work paved the way for future generations to have access to education and entrepreneurial success.

Her funeral will be held Friday at the Islamic Association of Raleigh.


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