Remembering Albert Murray, The Unsung Scholar Who Did Not See A Black Or White Race In The U.S.


He is best known for his writings on the thorny subject of race in American society. In his opinion, the United States was not a land for either White or Black people, but rather a land for one people bound by a common destiny.

Albert Murray had a difficult childhood from the time he was born until he was 11 years old. He was adopted shortly after his birth on May 12, 1916, in Nokomis, Escambia County, a sprawling community on the Florida-Alabama border. Hugh and Mattie Murray, his new family, moved from Nokomis to Magazine Point, a suburb on the outskirts of Mobile.

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According to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, Murray wrote about his early life in his novel ‘Train Whistle Guitar,’ where the main character is adopted by a young family who are ever present in each stage of his life. As he describes in his book, he discovered at the age of 11 that he had no biological connection to his immediate family.

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Murray was an excellent student who earned a scholarship to the Tuskegee Institute after graduating from Mobile County Training School. At the Institute, he developed an interest in jazz music, literature, and writing. This had a significant impact on his writings, which reflected the everyday challenges that the African-American community faced.

He believed that, despite its dark history of slavery, racial injustice, and segregation, American society had no barriers. Murray painted a rosy picture of the United States, one that provided numerous opportunities for African Americans and their culture.

He insisted that the idea that there was a separate community for Black and White people in America was incorrect. He frequently referred to himself as an American rather than an African American. He emphasized that color is only blind if one ignores whether they are Black or White. He wrote numerous times about how, even in segregated states, he saw a multicolored community that would soon find its common destiny.

Essayists and critics frequently examine the unity and diversity of culture in which African Americans and America have merged. Murray used African themes such as black southern speech, cultural heroes, jazz, blues, and linguistics to tell his stories. By doing so, he dispelled many Americans’ stereotypes of the African-American community and race.

According to CNN, he pioneered a new way of thinking about race by speaking out against what divides people at every opportunity. Murray’s strong views on racial equality in American society have earned him the moniker “militant integrationist.”

In the 1970s, he wrote a book titled ‘The Omni-Americans,’ dedicating the pages to lashing out at segregationist campaigners, claiming that it was only a matter of time before people realized that America did not have Black or White people, but rather a nation with one common destiny.



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