Anita Hill

Anita Hill
Name: Anita Faye Hill

The youngest of 13 children from a farm in rural Oklahoma, Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980. She began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Wald, Harkrader and Ross with a focus on banking law and litigation. Before becoming a law professor, she worked as an advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Education Department and the Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law.

In 1991, Anita Hill was thrust into the public spotlight when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Clarence Thomas. In 1995, Hill wrote her biography, Speaking Truth to Power, which was published by Doubleday Press. Her book, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home, will be published by Beacon Press in October 2011. She also has written commentary for Time, Inc., Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Ms. Magazine and appears regularly on national television programs including Good Morning America, Meet the Press and The Today Show.

Professor Hill is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and honorary degrees. She recently received the Ford Hall Forum’s First Amendment Award for her promotion of gender and race equality. She is especially proud of receiving the Fletcher Fellowship for her work aimed at ending educational disparities among poor and minority students. That award was created in 2004 on the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education and is given to institutions and individuals working to fulfill the goals of that landmark decision.