It was good to see the Chronicle's report of positive reactions to the removal of Robert E. Lee's statue from the doorway of the Chapel.
Now that it's gone, I would like to propose that we not leave a blank space to remind us of what was, but instead replace Lee with an appropriate religious leader. The figure of Martin Luther King, Jr. obviously comes to mind, but my own preference would be for a statue of Pauli Murray.
She would be the first woman as well as the first person of color to grace the entrance, and furthermore, a local hero (she grew up in Durham), a distinguished writer, an activist lawyer who played a major role in the civil rights movement, a feminist and an Episcopal priest. She has inspired many over many decades, and her presence at the heart of our campus would pass on her inspiration to many on the campus who do not yet know of her.
Peter Burian, Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies